Ontologies for Evolutionary Biology (2013)
Evolutionary research has been revolutionized by the explosion of genetic information available, and ontologies must play a central role in relating this knowledge to observable diversity. Ontologies provide scaffolding that interconnects many kinds of observations; across species, they provide evolutionary, developmental, and mechanistic insights. In this course, we discussed the integration points between ontologies including anatomy, phenotype, ecology, and biodiversity efforts; partnerships between domain experts and expert ontologists; and descriptions of various tools and tricks to handle ontologies and ontology-annotated data in the context of evolutionary biology.
Anatomy Ontologies for Evolutionary Biology and Genetics (2012)
An RCN-sponsored five day course in Anatomy Ontologies for Evolutionary Biology and Genetics covered a basic introduction to ontology design principles and usage, specific ontology considerations for anatomy, application of anatomy ontologies in the context of evolutionary phenotype comparison, and use of anatomy ontologies for image annotation in different taxa. There was a strong emphasis on hands-on exercises designed to develop ontology skills and provide exposure to different software applications that are useful in a variety of areas of evolutionary biology.