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OntoCAT - integrated programming toolkit for common ontology application tasks [BOSC2011]

  1. 1. Integrated programming toolkit for common ontology application tasks<br />Tomasz Adamusiak MD PhDtomasz@ebi.ac.uk<br />EBI is an Outstation of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. <br />
  2. 2. ...and no huffing and puffing willblow all of them down...<br />Local ontologies<br />NCBO BioPortal<br />EBI OLS<br /> Leonard Leslie Brooke (1904)<br />
  3. 3. EBI Ontology Lookup Service<br />82 ontologies<br />SOAP web services<br />Java client<br />Cote RG, Jones P, Apweiler R, Hermjakob H.The ontology lookup service, a lightweight cross-platform tool for controlled vocabulary queries.BMC Bioinformatics. 2006 Feb 28;7(1):97<br />
  4. 4. NCBO BioPortal<br />267 ontologies and growing<br />Support for both OWL and OBO<br />REST web services<br />BioPortal Reference Plugin<br />Noy, N.F., Shah, N.H., Whetzel, P.L., Dai, B., Dorf, M., Griffith, N., Jonquet, C., Rubin, D.L., Storey, M.A., Chute, C.G., Musen, M.A.BioPortal: ontologies and integrated data resources at the click of a mouse. Nucleic Acids Res. 2009 Jul 1;37(Web Server issue):W170-3.<br />
  5. 5. OLS vs BioPortal (July, 2010)<br />
  6. 6. Integration is hard<br />
  7. 7. OWL API<br />Reference implementation formanipulating and serialising OWL<br />Multiple parsers (inc. OBO)<br />Reasoner interfaces<br />Low level API<br />Sean Bechhofer, Phillip Lord, Raphael Volz. Cooking the Semantic Web with the OWL API. 2nd International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC, Sanibel Island, Florida, October 2003. PDF<br />
  8. 8. It is not a meta-service...<br />OntoCAT database and browser (MOLGENIS)<br />OntoCAT REST service<br />OntoCAT GoogleApp<br />....but could be used to build one<br />
  9. 9. The most important slide ontocat.org<br />?<br />
  10. 10. Where’s my bacon?<br />OntoCAT concept recognizer:<br />http://zooma.sourceforge.net<br />OntoCAT Bioconductor/R package: <br />http://www.ontocat.org/wiki/r<br />
  11. 11. Google: biomed central ontocat<br />
  12. 12. Acknowledgments<br />Morris A. Swertz’s group at the Genomics Coordination Center (GCC), University of Groningen<br />K Joeri van derVelde<br />DespoinaAntonakaki<br />Dasha Zhernakova<br />Helen Parkinson<br />NiranAbeygunawardena<br />Ele Holloway<br />Zooma: Tony Burdett<br />Bioconductor/R package: Natalja Kurbatova, Pavel Kurnosov, Misha Kapushesky<br />EFO: James Malone<br />This work was supported by the European Community's Seventh Framework Programmes GEN2PHEN [grant number 200754], SLING [grant number 226073], and SYBARIS [grant number 242220], the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research [NWO/Rubicon grant number 825.09.008], and the Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre [BioAssist/Biobanking platform and BioRange grant SP1.2.3]<br />OntoCAT logo courtesy of Eamonn Maguire<br />Special thanks go to NCBO BioPortal and EBI OLS support teams for all the comprehensive help they provide<br />

Editor's Notes

  • Three little pigs, an old english fairy tale popularised largely by DisneyLooking at the story from the software point of view the issue here was that the three little pigs did not provide consitent APIs to access their houses. In this context the three little pigs are ontology resources and you the big bad wolf trying to consume them. The problem is they’re build using completetly different technologies, and you need to use different approaches to get to them.
  • Created in VennMaster on July 2010
  • OntoCAT brings semantic web to non-semweb peopleOntoCAT provides a uniform query interface to heterogeneous ontology resources including NCBO BioPortal and EBI Ontology Lookup Service (OLS) as well as local OWL and OBO files. The differences between each resource are wrapped in standard Java and REST services, enabling reuse and integration of ontology software notwithstanding wide variation in underlying technologies. Availability: OntoCAT is available under the LGPLv3 open source
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