National Center for Ontological Research Laboratory (NCOR LAB) is a collection of working groups aiming to advance ontological research in the intelligence and defense communities by applying successes in bioinformatics — such as the Open Biomedical Ontology (OBO) Foundry and Referent Tracking — to those domains.


David G. Limbaugh (Director)

Barry Smith

David Kasmier

Kevin Keane

Peter Koch

J. Neil Otte

Graduate Interns

Robert Kelly (Spring 2020 – Present)

Eric Merrell (Spring 2019 – Present)

Jonathan Vajda (Spring 2019 – Present)

Alexander Anderson (Spring 2019)

NCOR Brazil

NCOR-BR is the Brazilian chapter of NCOR, established in 2021.

Basic Formal Ontology

ISO/IEC 21838 Information technology — Top-level ontologies (TLO)

Basic Formal Ontology (BFO) Github

Common Core Ontologies (CCO) Github



National Center for Ontological Research

Center for Multisource Information Fusion (University at Buffalo)

Division of Biomedical Ontology (University at Buffalo)

Department of Philosophy (University at Buffalo)

Related Projects

Open Biological and Biomedical Ontology (OBO) Foundry


Referent Tracking