Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The HAO team assembles...

The Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology team continues to grow, with the recent arrivals of Katja Seltmann (2nd from left) from Morphbank and Matt Yoder (far right) from the Platygastroidea PBI. Katja and Matt join István Mikó (far left) from the NCSU Insect Museum, who's been helping me (Andy Deans; 3rd from left) sort out confusing character complexes for the last six months. We now have the critical mass needed to ramp up development of the HAO and associated tools.

In that regard we've set up several outlets for discussion and news reporting, should you be interested:
  1. the HAO Project is on on twitter
  2. you've already found our blog
  3. we post(ed) discussion items (and our proposal) on the HAO wiki
  4. the ontology can be perused on the Hymenoptera glossary website
The HAO currently has 2,408 classes (i.e., anatomical terms) and 2,537 relationships. Our first order of business is to clean up a few terms (e.g., converting a few straggling definitions to genus-differentia) and then deposit the ontology at the OBO Foundry. We'll be growing again in August, with the arrival of a new grad student, and then again in October. Until then watch for frequent updates!


  1. Nice!!!I have a sculpture-confused problems; same terminology, but different pictures in different genera.

  2. Ummm, 2537 relationships would be quite a challange for machine reasoning...

  3. Oh, wait. You don't mean 2537 properties. You mean 2537 assertions that some property holds on some member of some class. Did you have to assert all these, or does OBO now have a formal semantics and inferences engines? Or did you do it in OWL and translate back to OBO?

  4. Yeah. I don't think we could actually come up with that many *kinds* of relationships. We just mean instances of is_a and part_of - the edges in our DAG. Thanks for the comments, Bob. Looking forward to interacting with you and the rest of the gang soon!