EnvO is a community ontology for the concise, controlled description of environments.

If you use ENVO, please cite:

Buttigieg PL, Pafilis E, Lewis SE, Schildhauer MP, Walls RL, & Mungall CJ (2016) The environment ontology in 2016: bridging domains with increased scope, semantic density, and interoperation. J Biomed Semant, 7(1), 57.


Buttigieg PL, Morrison N, Smith B, Mungall CJ, & Lewis SE (2013) The environment ontology: contextualising biological and biomedical entities. J Biomed Semant, 4(1), 43.

Please use the navigation bar on the left to browse through the site where you will find information about the project, the team, how to use EnvO, and how to participate.

If you're hunting for a term, please visit the Browse page. If you would like to download and work with EnvO, you'll find the necessary files in the Downloads section.

If you would like to contribute terms to EnvO, please send us the terms with their proposed position in the ontology and proposed definitions through our Participate page.

Questions and comments are always welcome! Don't hesitate to contact us!

Recent News

  • Follow our twitter feed for news! This blog is archived: We'll be tweeting updates, developments, and material on our twitter feed: https://twitter.com/envoTweets
    Posted 27 Jan 2017, 05:29 by Pier Luigi Buttigieg
  • ENVO publication We're happy to announce that a description of ENVO has been published in the Biomedical Ontologies series of the Journal of Biomedical Semantics. ENVO users may now cite: Buttigieg ...
    Posted 16 Sep 2014, 05:48 by Pier Luigi Buttigieg
  • Terrestrial biomes update In May 2nd's release, EnvO's "terrestrial biome" hierarchy has been consolidated and terms which subsume several potential biome classes (e.g. "Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and shrub biome") have ...
    Posted 6 May 2013, 00:45 by Pier Luigi Buttigieg
  • EnvO & Environments-EOL Funded by the Encyclopedia of Life's (EOL) 2013 Rubenstein Research Fellowship program, the project “ENVIRONMENTS: Discovering habitat terms in EOL Contents” (Environments-EOL) has begun and will make extensive ...
    Posted 24 Apr 2013, 08:08 by Pier Luigi Buttigieg
  • "From Signals to Environmentally Tagged Sequences" From the 27-29th September, 2012, a COST-funded hackathon entitled "From Signals to Environmentally Tagged Sequences" was held at the Crete outstation of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research ...
    Posted 24 Apr 2013, 08:06 by Pier Luigi Buttigieg
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