Dr. Melissa Haendel from Oregon Health and Science University chairs the VIVO-ISF Ontology Working Group and represents the working group on the Steering Group. 

2015 discussion of Proposed ontology development workflow


Interest groups


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Melissa HaendelOregon Health & Science University Library

Lead Ontologist, OHSU Library

Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology

Brian LoweOntocale SRLOwner/administrator and developer
Jon Corson-RikertCornell University LibraryVIVO Development Lead

Violeta Ilik

Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern UniversityDigital Innovations Librarian
Dagobert Soergel University at Buffalo, Dept. of Library and Information Studies Professor
Jing WangJohns Hopkins University, Sheridan LibrariesSystems Integration Engineer
Daniela Bourges-WaldeggHarvard Medical SchoolLead Architect, Harvard Catalyst
Stephen WilliamsUniversity of Colorado Boulder, Faculty AffairsFIS Developer
Steven McCauleyBrown UniversitySemantic Web Programmer
Kristi HolmesGalter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern UniversityBioinformaticist
Alexandre RademakerIBM Research and FGV/BrazilResearcher and Professor
Mike ConlonIndependent kind of guyVIVO Project Director

Potential activities

With release 1.6, VIVO will be adopting a larger ontology derived from both the VIVO and eagle-i ontologies and addressing broader needs in research representation including research resources and clinical expertise. The ontology will be promoted going forward as the Integrated Semantic Framework or ISF, but will continue to be managed by members of the VIVO community together with participants in the CTSAconnect project representing eagle-i and the biomedical research community more generally, as well as other individuals and groups who wish to become involved.

Ideas for activities of the VIVO-ISF Ontology Working Group include:

  • more explicitly developing and prioritizing issues for upcoming ISF ontology and VIVO software releases
  • establishing sub-groups to work on specific areas of interest such as provenance
  • providing opportunities for training on ontologies and how they are used in VIVO and other Semantic Web applications, and on SPARQL and Linked Open Data 
  • evaluating existing and new tools to support ontology creation, editing, change management, release, and evaluation
    • setting up a shared rather than single-user environment for use in training as well as in developing each successive ontology release
  • working with members of the development team to design and test improvements to the VIVO ontology editor and/or features of VIVO to better manage and reflect ontology-related requirements, including VIVO's additional operational ontologies including the application configuration ontology, display model ontology, authentication and authorization ontology
  • working with the Vitro code base as an ontology-driven application platform for projects unrelated to VIVO including Semantic Web education and training
  • adapting and extending the Integrated Semantic Framework (ISF) ontology for new domains, preferably by evaluating and adopting existing ontology efforts by other parties but also by targeted new ontology work
  • working with members of other VIVO DuraSpace Working Groups to improve the ontology to support multi-site search, including issues such as sameAs assertions, shared instance data, and linkages to externally-managed terminologies and authoritative name services for people, organizations, geographic locations, events, or projects
  • working with representatives of non-academic organizations to better understand the needs of labs, government or non-profit organizations, or consortia adopting VIVO
  • participating as representatives for the ISF in ontology projects with the W3C or other groups
  • establishing a more formal process for moving the Integrated Semantic Framework forward through public releases, in coordination with the eagle-i community and other interested parties and not necessarily strictly tied to VIVO software releases

Your thoughts are very much appreciated, and feel free to add comments on this page.

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  1. Not sure why there is a roster.  Ontology calls are open to everyone.  Other workgroups do not have rosters.  Emails regarding ontology should be sent to all members of the community.

  2. The link to the ISF ontology browser is broken.  Can this be fixed, might be very handy.