The Allotrope Framework is composed of the following core components: the Allotrope Data Format (ADF), the Allotrope Data Models (ADM), and the Allotrope Foundation Ontologies (AFO). The ADF stores data graph instances that are structured according to the ADM and classified according to the AFO. The ontologies provide standardized vocabularies for the data model constraints.
The ADF is a family of specifications designed to standardize the acquisition, exchange, storage and access of analytical data captured in laboratory workflows. It is intended for the long-term stability of archived analytical data and fast real-time access.
Allotrope Data Models (ADM)
The ADM constrains how ontologies are used using the Shapes Constraint Language (SHACL) expressed as RDF triples. SHACL allows the definition of data structures (e.g., schemas, templates) that describe how to use ontologies in a standardized (i.e., reproducible, predictable, and verifiable) manner.
Allotrope Foundation Ontologies (AFO)
The AFO is an ontology suite that provides a standard vocabulary and semantic model for the representation of laboratory analytical processes. The AFO suite is aligned at the upper layer to the Basic Formal Ontology (BFO). The core domains modeled include: Equipment, Material, Process, and Results.
The current list of technical reports for the above products are itemized below by category:
- Allotrope Data Format Overview
- ADF API Specifications
- Ontology and Taxonomy Specifications
- Developer's Guides
- Reference Documentation
Available releases by date.