Welcome to the Terminology Server of the German Federation for Biological Data (GFBio)

The GFBio Terminology Server is a core component of the GFBio infrastructure and allows users to share various kinds of terminologies – ranging from simple controlled vocabularies to complex ontologies – with other researchers. It is developed by the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum and the Institute of Computer Science (both part of the Freie Universität Berlin).

The Terminology Server and its public APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) rely on common standards for Semantic Web Technologies and provide users with a machine-readable access to terms, concepts and their relations for a variety of biodiversity related data.

It aims to lower the barriers to the use of semantic technologies in scientific environments by developing robust and easy-to-use tools and services for the organization of semantic domain-knowledge and by offering users the possibility to create, publish and curate their own terminologies.
The terminology server is hosted and published using OpenLink Virtuoso. Access is being provided via different services that are under development. The following figure illustrates the different components of the terminology server and the way it can be accessed.

In the future, the Terminology Server can also be used by scientists and institutions not associated with GFBio and its code will be made available under an open source license.