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6 Supporting and Sustaining Behavioral Ontologies
Pages 35-40

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... None had a sustained source of funding, and the committee heard from a variety of experts that it is difficult to sustain ontology development efforts. Organizations and institutions can play critical roles in the creation, editing, dissemination, adoption, and revision of ontologies.
From page 36...
... The committee recognizes that some behavioral scientists remain skeptical of the usefulness of ontologies despite their potential benefits. The committee acknowledges that there may be complicated tradeoffs and that too much emphasis on a common ontological system could hinder originality and punish some of the unorthodox thinking that has led to major scientific advances.
From page 37...
... oversees cross-institute initiatives and includes offices for behavioral and social science research, prevention research, women's health, AIDS research, tribal health, diet and nutrition research, and research infrastructure. It also includes programs that use ontologies, such as those on data science and portfolio analysis.
From page 38...
... should develop for mal agendas for accelerating behavioral science research through the development and use of semantically formal ontologies. These agendas should draw on ideas generated within other scientific domains and the international scientific community and should include a range of activities: • The NIH should use its convening authority to engage experts and to develop a plan for ontology development across NIH institutes and centers.
From page 39...
... FABBS promotes advancing the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior, and its mission includes training and fostering communication among scientists. The COSSA membership includes professional associations, scientific societies, research centers and institutes, colleges and universities, and industry affiliates.
From page 40...
... RECOMMENDATION 6: The Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology the Education Directorate of the American Psycho logical Association, and the Education Office of the Association for Psychological Science, along with similar organizations, should create strategies to integrate ontology development into graduate level teaching and practical training. The goals of our recommendations are to strengthen approaches to categorizing and defining the concepts and phenomena behavioral scientists study and to develop ways to better leverage contemporary technologies in structuring knowledge about human behavior.

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