The Cell Ontology is built on FAIR principles and is tightly integrated with other ontologies including the Uberon multi-species anatomy ontology, which CL uses to record cell location and the Gene Ontology (GO) which uses CL as its main reference for cell types and which CL uses to record cell function .
The Cell Ontology actively engages with the community. Editors from multiple projects are embedded in the team, are active and responsive in discussions on the issue tracker, and work to improve the content and of the ontology and its technical infrastructure.
The Cell Ontology is also integrated into tools used by the community such as Ubergraph which allows logical queries, such as finding cell types by location and the Ontology Access Kit (OAK), and is uploaded into popular ontology browsers such as the Ontology Lookup Service (OLS) and Ontobee.
The Cell Ontology is released in multiple standard formats: owl (RDF/XML), obo, and json (obographs) format. It also comes in multiple variants including full (all imports merged in, classified using a reasoner), base (not pre-reasoned, only axioms belonging to the ontology, including those referencing non-CL classes), and simple (pre-reasoned, only CL classes), all of which are accessible from GitHub. All downloads come with a resolvable version IRI for persistent reference and access.