Open source license for the Foundational Model of Anatomy (FMA) ontology

Friends and colleagues,

In response to the increasing demand from the life science and biomedical informatics communities and the private industry for an anatomy ontology that can empower computer applications in biomedicine and provide a basic science framework for the integration of biological data from different sources, the University of Washington and the FMA Ontology Research team hereby release the open source license for the Foundational Model of Anatomy (FMA) ontology and grant licensees a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free, copyright license to reproduce, publicly display, publicly perform, prepare modifications of, and distribute the FMA ontology with or without modifications.

For more information on the availability, terms and conditions of the license and on how to access and download the Release version of the FMA ontology please visit the FMA Ontology Research Project site at

It is our intent to provide the FMA as an open source to stimulate, foster and promote greater collaboration and interaction between research efforts in the development of biomedical ontologies and their applications, computational applications for basic science and clinical domains of biology as well as all areas of health care delivery and management.

I will be happy to answer any question you may have regarding the license, content or implementation of the FMA Ontology.

Onard Mejino MD
FMA Ontology Research Project
Structural Informatics Group
Department of Biological Structure
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA 98195
Office: 206-543-7118  FAX: 206-543-1524