The Evidence & Conclusion Ontology is developed on GitHub. To submit a request for a new term, continue below. If you are interested in getting involved and want to contribute to the project, we encourage you to contact us.

Submitting New Terms

We strive to produce concise, yet descriptive, ontology term labels and definitions. Please review the following points before submitting your request. You can also click below for more information on requesting new terms.

  • Succinct term name (also called a “label”)
  • What generated the evidence should be the focus of the term…
  • Aristotelian definition, in the form of "B is an A that C's"
  • Definitions should be succinct and fit into one sentence
  • Suggest a parent term, either existing or new.
  • Provide a reference for the definition, preferably a PubMed identifier for a non-pay walled publication
  • Additional information or suggestions are welcomed!
    • Please help us refine ECO: if you encounter a problem with an existing term label, definition, or position within the ontology, create a tracker issue.

    Download

    Direct download of the ontology with a web browser:

    https://github.com/evidenceontology/evidenceontology

    You may download ECO ontology files using a web browser. For the most recent release, navigate to the GitHub repository and click on eco.obo or eco.owl. The full file will load into your browser. Next, click on “Raw” on the upper right side of the page and save according to your preferred method.

    Raw files are here:

    https://raw.githubusercontent.com/evidenceontology/evidenceontology/master/eco.obo https://raw.githubusercontent.com/evidenceontology/evidenceontology/master/eco.owl

    Command-line access for downloading the ontology

    For those familiar with the command line, please download ECO from our GitHub repository using git:

    git clone https://github.com/evidenceontology/evidenceontology.git

    Complete instructions are here: https://github.com/evidenceontology/evidenceontology/tree/master/editors

    Releases

    Here you can download the latest OWL and OBO release. Historical releases are also available for download.

    v2018-05-18 latest release

    Notes
    May 2018 release updates:
    * Add over 500 "used in manual" and "used in automatic" terms
    * Remove "experimental genomic evidence" and recategorize children
    * Clean import files and ontology metadata
    * Clarify children of "author statement"

    v2018-04-06

    Notes
    April 2018 release updates:
    * Merging of the 'bioassays' branch for review of 'biological assay evidence'
    * Addition of OBI mapping logic to children of 'cell-based assay evidence'
    * Addition of 68 OMP terms
    * Addition of exact synonyms of terms as broad synonyms of their manual assertion children (see #163)

    v2018-03-02

    Notes
    release 2018-03-02
    * Merges imported terms from OBI & GO
    * Some logic added under 'transcript expression evidence'

    See more releases

    v2017-12-02

    Notes
    Release 2017-12-02

    Noteable changes:
    - Merged lost alt IDs from initial GitHub release
    - Add definitions for terms missing definitions
    - Ensure standardized definitions for 99.99% of terms


    v2017-11-03

    Notes
    Nov 2017 release.
    Add provenance for SIB terms.


    v2017-10-06

    Notes
    Release 2017-10-06

    Update of makefile
    Addition of new HTP GO code mappings


    v2017-09-21

    Notes
    Unscheduled release to fix go_groupings
    2017-09-21


    v2017-08-09

    Notes
    Release 2017-08-09

    Fix namespace character change from "/" to "#"


    v2017-08-04

    Notes
    release 2017-08-04


    v2017-07-19

    Notes
    Changes:
    * Revert back to dbxrefs for 'definition source'
    * Revert back to created_by instead of 'term editor'


    v2017-07-10

    Notes
    **Changes**
    * Fixed an issue with escaped colons in the eco.obo file


    v2017-07-07

    Notes
    release 2017-07-07


    v2017-06-02

    Notes
    release 2017-06-02


    v2017-05-05

    Notes
    release v2017-05-05


    v2017-04-07

    Notes
    ECO has been released into the public domain under CC0.


    v2017-03-28

    Notes
    release 2017-03-28


    v2017-03-03

    Notes
    v2017-03-03
    release 2017-03-03


    v2017-02-03

    Notes
    v2017-02-03

    release 2017-02-03


    v2017-01-06

    Notes
    v2017-01-06

    release 2017-01-06


    v2016-12-02

    Notes
    v2016-12-02

    release 2016-12-02


    v2016-11-04

    Notes
    None recorded


    v2016-10-10

    Notes
    None recorded


    v2016-10-07

    Notes
    None recorded


    v2016-09-16

    Notes
    None recorded


    v2016-05-31

    Notes
    None recorded


    v2016-04-06

    Notes
    None recorded


    v2016-03-29

    Notes
    None recorded


    v2016-01-18

    Notes
    None recorded


    v2015-12-04

    Notes
    None recorded


    Develop

    Command-line, GUI & IDE access for developers

    If you are a developer already contributing to the ECO project, see complete instructions for checking out and editing here: https://github.com/evidenceontology/evidenceontology/tree/master/editors

    If you are not a developer but would like to contribute, we’d love to hear from you! Please either submit a tracker issue request or contact the ECO team.