Sunday, July 5, 2009

Funding received for development of chemistry ontology (ChEBI)

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) of the United Kingdom has awarded a 3 year grant to develop the Chemical Entities of Biological Interest (ChEBI) ontology, and to reform its structure to use Basic Formal Ontology as its upper-level ontology, according to the blog of one of the researchers on the grant.

Christoph Steinbeck, at the European Bioinformatics Institute, on May 19th, wrote:

We received our official award letter from BBSRC Tools and Resources Fund today for the ChEBI ontology development grant. Needless to say, we are thrilled. We are now going to work together with Michael Ashburner’s group at the University of Cambridge to align ChEBI with other OBO Foundry ontologies by adoption of the Basic Formal Ontology and the Relationship Types Ontology.

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