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AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010 Nov 13;2010:552-6.

The ontology life cycle: Integrated tools for editing, publishing, peer review, and evolution of ontologies.

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Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305.


Ontologies have become a critical component of many applications in biomedical informatics. However, the landscape of the ontology tools today is largely fragmented, with independent tools for ontology editing, publishing, and peer review: users develop an ontology in an ontology editor, such as Protégé; and publish it on a Web server or in an ontology library, such as BioPortal, in order to share it with the community; they use the tools provided by the library or mailing lists and bug trackers to collect feedback from users. In this paper, we present a set of tools that bring the ontology editing and publishing closer together, in an integrated platform for the entire ontology lifecycle. This integration streamlines the workflow for collaborative development and increases integration between the ontologies themselves through the reuse of terms.

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