Ontologies are very powerful tools for standardizing genomic information—they allow us to make it more searchable, add value to its interpretation, and make it easier to manage.

Today I was asked by a bioinformatics developer how my work on ontology has informed my work in genomics. (For over a decade, I have worked on both biological ontology development and genome annotation & analysis.) I gave a pretty rambling answer, so I wanted to take a moment to clarify my thoughts and then write about it, hence this blog post. Consider this a mini-primer on what ontology can do for genomics, as well as how ontologies, biocuration, and genome annotation might relate to one another. Thanks for reading!