Ontology for Biobanking
An ontology built for annotation and modeling of biobank repository and biobanking administration
The Ontology for Biobanking (OBIB) is an ontology for the annotation and modeling of the activities, contents, and administration of a biobank. Biobanks are facilities that store specimens, such as bodily fluids and tissues, typically along with specimen annotation and clinical data. OBIB is based on a subset of the Ontology for Biomedical Investigation (OBI), has the Basic Formal Ontology (BFO) as its upper ontology, and is developed following OBO Foundry principles. The first version of OBIB resulted from the merging of two existing biobank-related ontologies, OMIABIS and biobank ontology.
- TURBO ontology supporting the PennTURBO project.
- The Minimum Information About BIobank data Sharing (MIABIS) aims to standardize data elements used to describe biobanks, research on samples and associated data. General attributes to describe biobanks, sample collections and studies at an aggregated/metadata level are defined in MIABIS Core 2.0 (Merino-Martinez et al., 2016).
- The National Cancer Institute Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch (BBRB) is an international leader in research and policy activities related to biospecimen collection, processing, and storage, also known as biobanking.