Here is a very rapid dump of a few of the tidbits that stuck in my brain after spending the last few days at the Translational Bioinformatics (TBI) conference for 2011.
The main recurring themes of interest for the year were:
|name||goal||conflict with OBO||conflict with UMLS|
|NCBO||empower researchers with access to ontologies and related tools||NCBO is very open about including ontologies. OBO is not - they believe strongly in their foundry principles (and their distinctive file format) and it annoys them that anyone can get their ontology into NCBO.|| See goals.. and think $$
NCBO has a different approach to concept detection that annoys the MetaMap people. MetaMap feels like NCBO is throwing away years of work on NLP that should be used.
|OBO||provide "high quality" collection of biomedical ontologies||Some OBO members seem to have a longstanding dislike of the way that the UMLS is modeled. OBO believes they are right and the UMLS is wrong and have effectively ignored its presence in the development of their ontologies.|
|UMLS||empower researchers with access to ontologies and related tools|
There was a whole lot more than that, for some more info, have a look at the conference papers, and at Russ Altman's year in review.