Clinical and Translational Science Ontology Group

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The Clinical and Translational Science Ontology group exists to promote and advance the development and usage of standard ontologies as a catalyst for translational science.

Annual Workshops

2012 First Clinical and Translational Science Ontology Workshop, National Center for Biomedical Ontology, Baltimore, MD, April 25-26, 2012

2013 Second Clinical and Translational Science Ontology Workshop, Orlando, FL, February 11-12, 2013, sponsored by the Translational Network of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (with William Hogan and Melissa Haendel)

2014 Ontology and Imaging Informatics; Third Clinical and Translational Science Ontology Workshop, University at Buffalo, NY, June 23-25, 2014

2015 CTS Ontology Workshop 2015, Ontology in Practice, Charleston, South Carolina, September 23-25, 2015

2016 CTS Ontology Workshop 2016, Clinical Terminology Shock and Awe, Buffalo, NY, September 7-8, 2016

2017 CTS Ontology Workshop 2017, Microbiology for the CTSA: Ontological Approaches, Ann Arbor, October 25-26, 2017

2018 CTS Ontology Spring Workshop 2018, Ontology of Informed Consent: An Approach to Specimen and Data Sharing, Little Rock, Arkansas, February 26-27, 2018

2019 CTS Ontology Spring Workshop 2019, Ontology for Precision Medicine: From Genomes to Public Health, Gainesville, Florida, February 20-21, 2019


2022 Ninth Clinical and Translational Science Ontology Workshop: AI and Complex Systems in Biomedicine, Orlando, Florida, March 16-18, 2022

2023 Tenth Clinical and Translational Science Ontology Workshop: Ontologies, AI and Electronic Health Records, Charleston, February 23-24, 2023

Other Meetings

The Role of Ontology in Big Cancer Data, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, May 12-13, 2015

Workshop on BFO and the Ontology of Social Entities, Gainesville, FL, February 17-19, 2016


June 17, 2014: Ontology for Biomedical Investigations a key component of standards for data about pathogen/vector genome sequences.

Recommendations on Community-based Standards

The CTSOG submitted a response [1] to a request for comments on a workshop report [2] on community-based standards.

Defining Ontology

A past initiative of the CTSOG was to define the subject matter of the CTSOG, that is, to address the question: what is it that we as a group are promoting? A working group generated a white paper that answers the question.

History of the CTSOG

Following discussion at the Clinical and Translational Science Ontology Workshop held in Buffalo, NY in April, 2012, a group of individuals applied to create the CTSOG as an affinity group in the Informatics Key Function Committee (IKFC) of the CTSA Consortium (see Announcing Clinical and Translational Science Ontology Affinity Group). This group sponsored a second face-to-face meeting, the CTSA Ontology Workshop, in Orlando in February, 2013. In January, 2014 however, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences restructured the governance of the Consortium. Although the IKFC no longer exists, the Ontology Group continued on without Consortium support, changing its name to leave out the word 'affinity'.

See the original elevator pitch and operations proposal for the formation of the group.