Barry Smith contributes to both theoretical and applied research in ontology. He is Distinguished Julian Park Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science and Engineering, and Neurology in the University at Buffalo. He is also Director of the National Center for Ontological Research. Smith is lead developer of Basic Formal Ontology (BFO), an international standard top-level ontology (ISO/IEC 21838-2) used by over 300 ontology development groups across the world.

His work led to the formation of the Open Biomedical Ontologies (OBO) Foundry, a set of resources designed to support information-driven researc…

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