OBO is an open community and, by joining the initiative, the authors of an ontology commit to its maintenance in light of scientific advance and to working with other members to ensure the improvement of these principles over time. The OBO Foundry is an attempt to apply the scientific method to the task of ontology development, and the scientific method rests on constant criticism and on the assumption that no resource will ever exist in a form in which it cannot be further improved.

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The current list of OBO Foundry Principles are listed on the OBO Foundry Wiki:

Current List of OBO Foundry Principles

Note that as of July 2011, every principle has its own unique identifier. The principles are divided into two categories:

To comment on, or ask questions about, any of these principles please send e-mail to the OBO discussion list. .

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