The use of ontologies in agricultural data management and reuse, under the CGIAR Big Data Platform, is evolving at a fast pace but requires shared knowledge and consistency of use across sectors. In order to optimize integration and efficiency of data, for this webinar, a panel of experts will exchange on the dimensions important to consider when identifying an ontology for data annotation and other applications.

The Ontologies Community of Practice (CoP) of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture launched a webinar series to debate, share and advance our thinking on selected topics in the domain of ontologies. Here’s what we learned from the first webinar.



Alexandra Lafargue, Specialist Knowledge Manager at Syngenta

Alexandra has more than 10 years of experience at Syngenta in the area of information management and knowledge sharing and brings private sector expertise to the discussions.

Chris Mungall Computer Research Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

Chris is Computer Research Scientist in the Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology division at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. His work focuses on computational methods for representing and interpreting complex biological data, in particular through the development and application of knowledge representation structures such as ontologies.

Pier Luigi Buttigieg, Data scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute

Pier Luigi’s work focuses on the application of bioinformatics and multivariate statistics to the diverse data sets derived from microbial ecology investigations. Within the scope of Micro B3, he also develops resources and tools to assist microbial ecologists in learning and effectively using these techniques. Concurrently, he develops and co-leads the Environment Ontology (ENVO) and the Sustainable Development Goals Interface Ontology (SDGIO) in support of semantically consistent data standardization across the sciences and global development agenda.

Pankaj Jaiswal, Associate Professor at Oregon State University

Pankaj is an Associate Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. He is a co-founder and lead investigator of the Planteome project on the development of common reference ontology for plant biology. He co-leads the development of one of the world’s largest online portal on comparative plant genomics, the Gramene database with the principal responsibility of developing a Plant Gene Networks called Plant Reactome.