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The Software Ontology

The Software Ontology (SWO) is a resource for describing software tools, their types, tasks, versions, provenance and data associated. SWO is part of the JISC funded SWORD project (Software Ontology for Resource Description), an inter-disciplinary effort to capture software descriptions used in the preservation of data. The work is a collaboration between the European Bioinformatics Institute and the University of Manchester.

If you would like to engage with the project please sign up and post questions to the user and developer mailing list. Alternatively email malone at You can also submit requests for new terms or report bugs at the issue tracker.

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