The Informed Consent Ontology (ICO) represents entities in the domain of informed consent. ICO developers coordinated with related projects (Ontology of Biobanking, Document Acts Ontology, Data Use Ontology, and Common Rule Ontology) in order to refactor, expand, and reevaluate ICO’s model. Refactoring and expansion methods discussed. The new release improves health IT in tracking whether informed consent was obtained, what precise permissions were given and to whom, and when relevant regulations were in force.

Learning Objective: Understand how a procedure common to computer programming, called ‘refactoring,’ can aid ontology development

Learn methods for management and assessment of ontology development across ontology projects, including generation of use cases to probe need and examining documents that would be annotated according to an ontology’s terminology

Become aware of recent changes to the Informed Consent Ontology and how it impacts other ontologies related to the informed consent domain (including biobanking, data use, using forms for communicating obligations, etc.)

Learn how to use the term ‘stasis’ for time-indexing in the common ontology language OWL


Jonathan Vajda (Presenter)
University at Buffalo

Neil Otte, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Cooper Stansbury, University of Michigan
Marcelline Harris, University of Michigan
Elizabeth Umberfield, University of Michigan
Frank Manion, University of Michigan
Cui Tao, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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