What is EDAM?
EDAM is a comprehensive ontology of well-established, familiar concepts that are prevalent within bioinformatics and computational biology, including types of data and data identifiers, data formats, operations and topics. EDAM provides a set of concepts with preferred terms and synonyms, definitions, and other information - organised into a simple and intuitive hierarchy for convenient use (see figure).
Viewing and download
A quick overview is at the http://edamontology.org home page.
Roadmap & releases strategy
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If you refer to EDAM or its part in a scholarly publication, please cite:
Ison, J., Kalaš, M., Jonassen, I., Bolser, D., Uludag, M., McWilliam, H., Malone, J., Lopez, R., Pettifer, S. and Rice, P. (2013). EDAM: an ontology of bioinformatics operations, types of data and identifiers, topics and formats. Bioinformatics, 29(10): 1325-1332. PMID: 23479348 Open Access
EDAM releases are citable with DOIs too, for cases when that is needed. represents all releases and resolves to the DOI of the last stable release. For the DOI of a particular EDAM release, please see /releases.