Ontology Development Progress Report December 2014

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Ontology Development Progress Report

GOC Meeting Dec 2014

Prepared and Submitted by Jane Lomax and David Hill


  • David Hill (MGI)
  • Tanya Berardini (TAIR)
  • Heiko Dietze (LBL)
  • Harold Drabkin (MGI)
  • Becky Foulger (EBI) (left Jan 2014)
  • Jane Lomax (EBI)
  • Chris Mungall (LBL)
  • David Osumi-Sutherland (EBI)
  • Paola Roncaglia (EBI)

Ontology Editing

SourceForge Requests

SF items opened (SF items closed)

Mar 2014 [data lost in tracker transition]
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Term Statistics

Total number of GO terms added Jan 2014 to Dec 2014: 
 Total number of GO terms added manually Jan 2014 to Dec 2014:               
 Total number of GO terms added via TermGenie template Jan 2014 to Dec 2014: 
 Total number of GO terms added via TermGenie freeform Jan 2014 to Dec 2014: 
Total number of GO terms obsoleted Jan 2014 to Dec 2014: 

Major Projects

Transition to OWL

Ontology editors are routinely using the OWL version of GO to check for logical consistency in the ontology and to create terms with logical definitions. OWL is also used as the underlying format for creating new terms via the termgenie tool.

TermGenie templates

Since Jan 2014 we have added ? new templates to our template-based term addition tool, TermGenie. These are:

These templates utilise both classes within GO and classes from external ontologies, shown in parentheses. PO = plant ontology, CL = cell ontology, CHEBI = chemicals of biological interest ontology.

Mappings to other ontologies

GO relations


Improved Biological Representation


(ask David OS)

Membrane proteins

(ask David OS)

Cell cycle

(Jane or Val)


(Paola - will send w/c 8 Dec)

Cilia/Guardia components

(Paola - will send w/c 8 Dec)

Extracellular vesicles

(Paola - will send w/c 8 Dec)

Viral work

(Jane to write)

Metabolic Pathways (Glycolysis)

The representation of glycolytic pathways is now complete in the ontology and we have begun working on the representation of glycolytic fermentation using the existing glycolysis framework.

Ubiquitin and other small conjugating proteins

As a result of a request from the BioGrid group, we have refactored the molecular function terms that represent the E1, E2 and E3 enzymatic activities for the enzymes that attach ubiquitin to proteins. This work was recently extended to include all other small conjugated proteins.