ROBOT is a tool for working with Open Biomedical Ontologies. It provides a standardized way to manage ontology release cycles, and to perform validation of ontologies in development.


The primary developers of Robot are

  • James Overton of Knocean
  • Heiko Dietze and Chris Mungall of BBOP


  • Overton, J. A., Dietze, H., Essaid, S., Osumi-sutherland, D., & Mungall, C. J. (2015). ROBOT : A command-line tool for ontology development. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO) (pp. 131–132). Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Creating an ontology project