The environment ontology: contextualising biological and biomedical entities

Pier Buttigieg, Norman Morrison, Barry Smith, Christopher J Mungall, Suzanna E Lewis
2013 Journal of Biomedical Semantics  
As biological and biomedical research increasingly reference the environmental context of the biological entities under study, the need for formalisation and standardisation of environment descriptors is growing. The Environment Ontology (ENVO; is a community-led, open project which seeks to provide an ontology for specifying a wide range of environments relevant to multiple life science disciplines and, through an open participation model, to accommodate the
more » ... logical requirements of all those needing to annotate data using ontology classes. This paper summarises ENVO's motivation, content, structure, adoption, and governance approach. The ontology is available from -an OBO format version is also available by switching the file suffix to "obo".
doi:10.1186/2041-1480-4-43 pmid:24330602 pmcid:PMC3904460 fatcat:boxqxyq2pnen3nzboofx2dvsd4