Tutorial: How to get started with your own ODK-style repository¶
- Preparation: Installing docker, installing ODK and setting memory. Follow the steps here.
- Creating your first ontology repository
The tutorial uses example tailored for users of UNIX systems, like Mac and Linux.
Users of Windows generally have analogous steps - wherever we talk about an
sh file in the following
there exists a corresponding
bat file that can be run in the windows powershell, or CMD.
- A Github account
- Completed the "Preparation" steps above
A recording of a demo of creating a ODK-repo is available here
Your first repository¶
- Create temporary directory to get started
On your machine, create a new folder somewhere:
cd ~ mkdir odk_tutorial cd odk_tutorial
- Download the seed-my-repo wrapper script
Now download the seed-my-repo wrapper script from the ODK GitHub repository. A detailed explanation of how to do that can be found here. For simplicity, we just use wget here to download the seed-my-repo file, but you can do it manually:
- Download a basic config to start from and start building your own
The last ingredient we need is an ODK config file. While you can, in theory, create an empty repo entirely without a config file (one will be generated for you), we recommend to just start right with one. You can find many examples of configs here. For the sake of this tutorial, we will start with a simple config:
id: cato title: "Cat Anatomy Ontology" github_org: obophenotype git_main_branch: main repo: cat_anatomy_ontology release_artefacts: - base - full - simple primary_release: full export_formats: - owl - obo - json import_group: products: - id: ro - id: pato - id: omo robot_java_args: '-Xmx8G'
Safe this config file as in your temporary directory, e.g.
Most of your work managing your ODK in the future will involve editing this file. There are dozens of cool options that do magical things in there. For now, lets focus on the most essential:
id: cato title: "Cat Anatomy Ontology"
The id is essential, as it will determine how files will be named, which default term IDs to assume, and many more. It should be a lowercase string which is, by convention at least 4 characters long - 5 is not unheard of. The
title field is used to generate various default values in the repository, like the README and others. There are other fields, like
description, but let's start minimal for now. A full list of elements can be found in this schema:
github_org: obophenotype git_main_branch: main repo: cat_anatomy_ontology
github_org (the GitHub or GitLab organisation) and the
repo (repository name) will be used for some basic config of the git repo. Enter your own
github_org here rather than
obophenotype. Your default
github_org is your GitHub username. If you are not creating a new repo, but working on a repo that predates renaming the GitHub main branch from
main, you may want to set the
git_main_branch as well.
release_artefacts: - base - full - simple primary_release: full export_formats: - owl - obo - json
With this configuration, we tell the ODK that we wish to automatically generate the base, full and simple release files for our ontology. We also say that we want the
primary_release to be the
full release (which is also the default). The primary release will be materialised as
cato.owl, and is what most users of your ontology will interact with. More information and what these are can be found here. We always want to create a
base, i.e. the release variant that contains all the axioms that belong to the ontology, and none of the imported ones, but we do not want to make it the
primary_release, because it will be unclassified and missing a lot of the important inferences.
We also configure export products: we always want to export to
owl), but we can also chose to export to
obo) format and
OBOGraphs JSON (
import_group: products: - id: ro - id: pato - id: omo
This is a central part of the ODK, and the section of the config file you will interact with the most. Please see here for details. What we are asking the ODK here, in essence, to set us up for dynamically importing from the Relation Ontology (RO), the Phenotype And Trait Ontology (PATO) and the OBO Metadata Ontology (OMO).
Here we say that we allow ROBOT to consume up to 8GB of memory. Make sure that your docker is set up to permit at least ~20% more memory than that, i.e. 9GB or 10GB, otherwise, some cryptic Docker errors may come up.
Generate the repo¶
Run the following:
cd ~/odk_tutorial sh seed-via-docker.sh -c -C cato-odk.yaml
This will create a basic layout of your repo under
Note: after this run, you wont need
cato-odk.yaml anymore as it will have been added to your ontology repo, which we will see later.
Publish on GitHub¶
You can now move the
target/cato directory to a more suitable location. For the sake of this tutorial we will move it to the Home directory.
mv target/cato ~/
Using GitHub Desktop¶
If you use GitHub Desktop, you can now simply add this repo by selecting
File -> Add local repository and select the directory you moved the repo to (as an aside, you should really have a nice workspace directory like
~/ws or some such to organise your projects).
Publish the repository on
Using the Command Line¶
Follow the instructions you see on the Terminal (they are printed after your seed-my-repo run).
Congratulations, you have successfully jump-started your very own ODK repository and can start developing.
- Start editing
- Run a release