Workshop on Working with Multiple Biomedical Ontologies

at the International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO 2011)

26 July 2011, Buffalo, USA

Submission deadline: Extended to 10 April 2011
Submission of short, longer or position papers invited


The workshop intends to provide a report and discussion forum concerning aspects of working with multiple biomedical ontologies. Biomedical ontologies are often very large and nevertheless restricted to delineated domains (e.g. anatomy, cells, diseases, genes). Thus they present a dual challenge of managing their size and their adequation to an intended scope. As a result, a number of issues arise relating to the way biomedical ontologies may be either split or combined. In application contexts, similar issues present themselves when using ontologies in, for example, annotating large and diverse datasets or when reasoning with multiple ontologies covering connected domains. The workshop proposes to explore ways in which the rich diversity of biomedical ontologies can be combined and used, in particular, in multiple domain applications and at multiple scales.

Contributions on integration solutions for biomedical ontologies and their applications are invited. Submissions of paper presentations should be conducive to discussions and exchanges. Short papers, position papers as well as longer papers (see submission instructions for maximum length) on the following non-exhaustive list of topics are invited.

Topics (indicative)


The submission process for the workshop follows ICBO conference guidelines. Indications and instructions are summarised and adapted below.

Expressions of interest and clarification questions may be sent to the organisers at the following addresses:,

Important dates


Programme Committee