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ready SoftWare Ontology

Abbreviation: SWO

General Information
The Software Ontology (SWO) is a resource for describing software tools, their types, tasks, versions, provenance and associated data. SWO also covers software manufacturer, input and output data types and the uses (i.e. objectives) to which the software can be put.


Developed in European Union

Created in 2011

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How to cite this record SWO; SoftWare Ontology; DOI:; Last edited: Jan. 15, 2019, 2:03 p.m.; Last accessed: Feb 18 2019 9:11 a.m.

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Record updated: Jan. 15, 2019, 2:02 p.m. by The FAIRsharing Team.

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Applies to: Data use


The Software Ontology (SWO): a resource for reproducibility in biomedical data analysis, curation and digital preservation.

Malone J,Brown A,Lister AL,Ison J,Hull D,Parkinson H,Stevens R
J Biomed Semantics 2014

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OBO Foundry
The Open Biological and Biomedical Ontology (OBO) Foundry is a collective of ontology developers that are committed to collaboration and adherence to shared principles. The mission of the OBO Foundry is to develop a family of interoperable ontologies that are both logically well-formed and scientifically accurate. To achieve this, OBO Foundry participants voluntarily adhere to and contribute to the development of an evolving set of principles including open use, collaborative development, non-overlapping and strictly-scoped content, and common syntax and relations, based on ontology models that work well, such as the Gene Ontology (GO). The OBO Foundry is overseen by an Operations Committee with Editorial, Technical and Outreach working groups.

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Grant Number(s)

  • EP/C536444/1 (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK)

  • EP/G026238/1 (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK)