About

My name is Chris Mungall, I am a Computer Research Scientist at Berkeley Lab. My interests are in the application of knowledge-based methods and inference to problems in biology, in particular understanding the role of causal biological systems in the health of humans and the health of the planet. I work on projects such as the Gene Ontology, the Monarch Initiative, the Alliance of Genome Resources, the OBO Foundry, and the National Microbiome Data Collaborative.

This blog is my outlet for opinions on all-things ontology-related. In particular, for sharing experience in constructing and maintaining ontologies in use in the life sciences. <soapbox>We need to treat ontology development more like engineering, and less of an ad-hoc enterprise it is today. Those of us with experience in ontology engineering should be sharing what we have learned to help others learn and prevent repetition of common and costly mistakes.</soapbox>

This blog is also interspersed with pictures of cute animals, and with occasional references to bands I like. If you appreciate this, and get any of the more obscure references, please let me know. I know there are are least two of you who do.

A good place to start would be my series of ontology tips (“OntoTips”). It has some cute owl pictures. See also tips on debugging ontologies.

More on me:

This blog has a lot of OWL, and describes me monkeying around in OWL, hence the name. For more on real owl monkeys, see wikipedia
Northern owl monkey
Aotus trivirgatus, northern owl monkey, J G Keulemans, Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1872. A member of the genus Aotus, aka owl monkey, aka dourocouli

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