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Fri 2 Feb 2018
13:30 - 17:30

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site

Provided by: Bioinformatics


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EMBL-EBI: Ontologies in life sciences - examples from GO and EFO

Fri 2 Feb 2018


This course will give an introduction to the basic concepts of ontologies and how they are useful in biological applications. We will explain what a biomedical ontology is and present the two primary types of ontology: (i) domain ontology and (ii) application ontology, using examples as Gene Ontology (GO) and Experimental Factor Ontology (EFO). The module will also go into details of why big data need ontologies and the ontology capabilities in advanced computational biology.

Also note: This event is part of a series of short introductions focusing on EMBL-EBI resources. If you want to learn more about these separate training events, see the Related Courses section below.

The training room is located on the first floor and there is currently no wheelchair or level access available to this level.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book or register your interest by linking here.

Target audience
  • The workshop is suitable for anyone who wishes to find out what ontology is about, from ontology 101 to the intermediate level of ontology knowledge. The participants are not expected to have prior ontology knowledge. This course is an introductory to intermediate level of ontology learning.
  • Graduate students, Postdocs and Staff members from the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Institutions and other external Institutions or individuals
  • Please be aware that these courses are only free for registered University of Cambridge students. All other participants will be charged a registration fee in some form. Registration fees and further details regarding the charging policy are available here.
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here
  • Basic computing skills
  • No previous bioinformatics experience is required, but an undergraduate level understanding of biology would be an advantage

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Fri 2 Feb 2018   13:30 - 17:30 13:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site map Dani Welter,  George Georghiou
Topics covered

Bioinformatics, Database search, Data retrieval, Ontologies, nomenclature and classification


After this course you should be able to:

  • describe basic ontological concepts
  • build an ontology: best practices
  • comprehend the need for ontologies in life sciences
  • discover what the Gene Ontology and Experimental Factor Ontology are and how they are structured
  • describe how gene products are annotated to the Gene Ontology and how to access GO annotations

During this course you will learn about:

  • Ontologies: what are they and why should you care
  • Gene Ontology: the resource and its usage
  • Gene Ontology Annotations: how are they created and used
  • Experimental Factor Ontology

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals

Registration Fees
  • Free for registered University of Cambridge students
  • £ 50/day for all University of Cambridge staff, including postdocs, temporary visitors (students and researchers) and participants from Affiliated Institutions. Please note that these charges are recovered by us at the Institutional level
  • It remains the participant's responsibility to acquire prior approval from the relevant group leader, line manager or budget holder to attend the course. It is requested that people booking only do so with the agreement of the relevant party as costs will be charged back to your Lab Head or Group Supervisor.
  • £ 50/day for all other academic participants from external Institutions and charitable organizations. These charges must be paid at registration
  • £ 100/day for all Industry participants. These charges must be paid at registration
  • Further details regarding the charging policy are available here



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