Sickle Cell Disease Ontology Project


The Sickle Cell Disease Ontology (SCDO) project is a collaboration between H3ABioNet (Pan African Bioinformatics Network) and SPAN (Sickle Cell Disease Pan African Network). The SCDO is currently underdevelopment (click here to view a draft) and its purpose is to:

  • establish community standardized SCD terms and descriptions
  • establish canonical and hierarchical representation of knowledge on SCD
  • links to other ontologies and bodies of work such as DO, PhenX MeSH, ICD, NCI’s thesaurus, SNOMED and OMIM.

Once complete, we anticipate that the ontology will:

  • be the most comprehensive collection of knowledge in the SCD
  • facilitate exploration of new scientific questions and ideas.
  • facilitate seamless data sharing and collaborations including meta-analysis within the SDC community.
  • support the building of databasing and clinical informatics in SCD