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Fri 27 Jan 2017
14:00 - 17:30

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room

Provided by: Bioinformatics


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EMBL-EBI: Introduction to ontologies

Fri 27 Jan 2017


This workshop will give an introduction to the basic concepts of ontologies and how they are useful in biological applications. The workshop will have three sections:

  • A brief, practical introduction to ontologies and semantics
  • Focus on Gene Ontology (GO), annotations made using GO and tools leveraging those annotations for biomedical discovery.
  • A practical exercise in annotating data with ontologies using EBI tools. A standard annotation exercise will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring examples of their own data for annotation, preferably in spreadsheet form.

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.

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

Target audience
  • This workshop is aimed at researchers who wish to understand why data standards are important and how they can be used in practice
  • 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 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 Trainer
1 Fri 27 Jan 2017   14:00 - 17:30 14:00 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room map David Osumi-Sutherland
Topics covered

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


After this course you should be able to:

  • Understand what an ontology is, and how it is used
  • Be familiar with the Gene ontology and the analyses it supports
  • Know how to search and use the Gene Ontology in your project

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

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals

Registration Fees
  • Free for University of Cambridge students
  • £ 50/day for all University of Cambridge staff, including postdocs, 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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