[tdwg-tnc] ontological representation of taxonomies and phylogenies

Hilmar Lapp hlapp at duke.edu
Fri May 16 02:46:27 CEST 2008

(apologies if you receive this multiple times - we are trying to  
reach as many interested researchers from the taxonomic/systematic  
community as possible)

Under the umbrella of the Open Biomedical Ontologies project (OBO;  
http://obofoundry.org/) we have created a new mailing list, called  
obo-taxonomy, for the discussion of ontological representation of  
taxonomies and phylogenies.  The OBO Foundry supports the development  
of orthogonal, interoperable reference ontologies for biological  

The Phenoscape project (http://phenoscape.org) develops methods and  
tools for using ontologies to integrate comparative morphological  
data with mutant phenotypes of genetic model organisms.  As such we  
are very interested in participation from members of the evolutionary  
biology community to explore how best to integrate taxonomy into an  
ontological framework.  Issues include proper semantics of the  
relationship between taxonomic groups, and between specimens and  

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The Phenoscape project (http://phenoscape.org/) is funded by NSF-BDI  
and supported by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent;  

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