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Documented Plurality of Users (principle 9)
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Locus of Authority (principle 11)
Naming Conventions (principle 12)
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Responsiveness (principle 20)
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What are the OBO Foundry Principles?
What is the OBO ID Policy?
My ontology is not ready for OBO Foundry, can I reserve a prefix anyway?
What's the difference between an OBO Foundry ontology and an OBO format ontology?
How do I cite the OBO Foundry?
How do I cite a specific ontology?
How do I request a new ontology term?
How do I add a custom browser for my ontology?
Why is there no OBO-Format file listed for my ontology?
How do I edit the metadata for my ontology?
What are permissible values in the metadata file, e.g. for 'publications'?
What is the
object in the ontology metadata?
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What tools are there for creating, editing and working with OBO ontologies?
How should I manage my ontology using version control?
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How should I manage and curate my ontology throughout its lifecycle?
How do I submit my ontology?
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