FAIR Ontology Harmonization and TRUST Data Interoperability (FOHTI-2023) Workshop

Theme: FAIR Ontology Harmonization

Date: August 29, 2023, Co-located with ICBO 2023 in Brasilia, Brazil


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Part 1: 1:30PM - 3PM Brasilia / 12:30 - 2PM New York / 5:30 - 8PM London

Part 2: 3:15PM - 5:45PM Brasilia / 2:15 - 4:45 PM New York / 7:15 - 9:45 PM London

Call for Submission

The use of ontologies in scientific research has become increasingly important in recent years. Ontologies are valuable tools that enable researchers to semantically annotate their data, making it more easily discoverable, shareable, interoperable, and reusable. However, the lack of harmonization and standardization among ontologies can lead to several issues, including inconsistencies in data, redundancies, and gaps in knowledge representation. The FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) can be applied to ontologies development to address those challenges. In 2022, during the inaugural meeting of FAIR Ontology Harmonization and TRUST data Integration (FOHTI-2022), the community recognized the importance of applying those principles.It is essential for an ontology to be both FAIR [1] and TRUSTable [2] according to its definition. However, there are still challenges in effectively implementing the FAIR principles in ontology development, harmonization, trustworthiness, and user focused applications.

To address those challenges, we are pleased to announce the FOHTI-2023:FAIR Ontology Harmonization Workshop, which will provide a forum for discussing the challenges and solutions related to FAIR ontology harmonization. The workshop will take place as a half-day hybrid event of interactive sessions, providing opportunities for participants to engage in discussions and networking.We welcome submissions from researchers, practitioners, and industry experts who are interested in sharing their experiences, tools, and strategies for harmonizing ontologies in a FAIR manner.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


Accepted papers and presentations will be made available on the workshop website.

Open Science and FAIR Principle

Open Science and the FAIR principles are essential for advancing scientific research and promoting knowledge sharing. Our workshop embraces the practice of Open Science and FAIR principles. All material including submission, slides, and videos will be made publicly available after the workshop. All submissions should obtain DOIs for the submission and related material via a generalist repository (such as Zenodo, OSF, and other general repositories).

Submission Instructions:

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: Friday July 14, 2023**

Notification of Acceptance: Friday July 21, 2023**

Workshop Date: August 29, 2023

We look forward to receiving your submissions and to welcoming you to the FAIR Ontology Harmonization Workshop!

** If an early approval letter is needed for traveling purposes, please reach out to for further assistance.


Asiyah Yu Lin 0000-0003-2620-0345 (Senior Data Scientist Consultant, Axle Informatics, LLC, Maryland, US)

Anna Maria Masci 0000-0003-1940-6740 (Senior Ontologist, MD Anderson Cancer Cener, Texas, US)


1.Wilkinson MD, Dumontier M, Aalbersberg IJ, Appleton G, Axton M, Baak A, et al. The FAIR guiding principles for scientific data management and stewardship. Sci Data. 2016;3:160018.(link to paper)

2 Lin D, Crabtree J, Dillo I, Downs RR, Edmunds R, Giaretta D, De Giusti M, L’Hours H, Hugo W, Jenkyns R, Khodiyar V, Martone ME, Mokrane M, Navale V, Petters J, Sierman B, Sokolova DV, Stockhause M, Westbrook J. The TRUST Principles for digital repositories. Sci Data. 2020 May 14;7(1):144. doi: 10.1038/s41597-020-0486-7. PMID: 32409645; PMCID: PMC7224370. (link to paper)