Carole Goble

Carole Anne Goble, CBE FREng (born 10 April 1961) is a British academic who is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Manchester.[14] She is Principal Investigator (PI) of the myGrid,[15] BioCatalogue[16] and myExperiment[17] projects and co-leads the Information Management Group (IMG) with Norman Paton.[18]

Carole Goble
Carole Goble by Rob Whitrow
Carole Anne Goble

(1961-04-10) 10 April 1961[1]
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
Known for
Ian Cottam (m. 2003)
Scientific career
Academic advisors


Goble was educated at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls.[1] Her academic career has been spent at the School of Computer Science where she gained her Bachelor of Science degree in computing and information systems from 1979[19] to 1982.


Her current research interests[11][20] include Grid computing, the Semantic Grid,[21] the Semantic Web, Ontologies,[22][23] e-Science, medical informatics,[24] Bioinformatics, and Research Objects. She applies advances in knowledge technologies and workflow systems[25] to solve information management problems for life scientists and other scientific disciplines[26]. She has successfully secured funding from the European Union, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the US and UK funding agencies including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),[27] Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC),[28] Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), the Department of Health, The Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute and the Department of Trade and Industry.[29]

Her work has been published in leading peer reviewed scientific journals including Nucleic Acids Research,[3] Bioinformatics,[30][31] IEEE Computer,[10] the Journal of Biomedical Semantics,[32] Briefings in Bioinformatics,[33] Artificial Intelligence in Medicine,[24] the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing conference,[22] the International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems, the Journal of Biomedical Informatics,[34] Nature Genetics[35] and Drug Discovery Today.[36]


Goble joined the University in 1985, and was appointed to a chair in 2000.[37] She is an editorial board member of IEEE Internet Computing, GigaScience, and the International Journal of Web Service Research, and used to be the Editor-in-chief of Elsevier's Journal of Web Semantics.

Goble serves on several committees, which includes the advisory committees of the Science and Technology Facilities Council Physical and Life Sciences advisory committee; the Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre and the European Grid Infrastructure committee.

She was appointed to the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council on 13 June 2013.[12]

She has served on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Technical Opportunities Panel; the Semantic Web Science Association; the British Library's Content Strategy Advisory Board and the Research Councils UK e-Science Steering Committee. She co-founded Cerebra,[38] an early spin-off company to exploit Semantic Web technologies which has been sold.

Awards and honours

Goble was recipient of the first Jim Gray e-Science Award in December 2008. Tony Hey, corporate vice-president of Microsoft External Research who sponsored the award, said Goble was chosen for the award because of her work to help scientists do data-intensive science through the Taverna workbench.

Her work has won best paper awards at the 3rd IEEE International Conference on e-Science and Grid Computing (2007) and the 11th ACM International Conference on Hypertext.[39] In 2002 she was honoured by Sun Microsystems for her significant achievements in advancing Life Science Computing. She has given keynotes in many forums, including international conferences on: Digital curation, e-Social Science, Grid Computing, Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology,[31][40] Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing,[22] Hypertext and Hypermedia, Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC),[5] Artificial intelligence,[41] Systems Biology, Discovery Science, the Semantic Web, International World Wide Web Conference[42] and Medical Informatics.

Goble was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to science.[9]

She was appointed a Fellow[7] of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010.

In January 2018 Goble was awarded the degree of Doctorem (Honoris Causa) by Maastricht University.[43]


  1. "GOBLE, Prof. Carole Anne". Who's Who. 2015 (online edition via Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. Groth, P.; Loizou, A.; Gray, A. J. G.; Goble, C.; Harland, L.; Pettifer, S. (2014). "API-centric Linked Data integration: The Open PHACTS Discovery Platform case study". Web Semantics: Science, Services and Agents on the World Wide Web. 29: 12–18. doi:10.1016/j.websem.2014.03.003.
  3. Hull, D.; Wolstencroft, K.; Stevens, R.; Goble, C. A.; Pocock, M. R.; Li, P.; Oinn, T. (2006). "Taverna: A tool for building and running workflows of services". Nucleic Acids Research. 34 (Web Server issue): W729–W732. doi:10.1093/nar/gkl320. PMC 1538887. PMID 16845108.
  4. Wolstencroft, K.; Haines, R.; Fellows, D.; Williams, A.; Withers, D.; Owen, S.; Soiland-Reyes, S.; Dunlop, I.; Nenadic, A.; Fisher, P.; Bhagat, J.; Belhajjame, K.; Bacall, F.; Hardisty, A.; Nieva De La Hidalga, A.; Balcazar Vargas, M. P.; Sufi, S.; Goble, C. (2013). "The Taverna workflow suite: Designing and executing workflows of Web Services on the desktop, web or in the cloud". Nucleic Acids Research. 41 (Web Server issue): W557–W561. doi:10.1093/nar/gkt328. PMC 3692062. PMID 23640334.
  5. The Seven deadly sins of Bioinformatics, talk by Carole Goble at BOSC and Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology 2007
  6. "Global Goble, profile of Carole in the April 2009 edition of Manchester UniLife" (PDF). University of Manchester. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
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  9. "No. 60728". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013. p. 8.
  10. Gil, Y.; Deelman, E.; Ellisman, M.; Fahringer, T.; Fox, G.; Gannon, D.; Goble, C.; Livny, M.; Moreau, L.; Myers, J. (2007). "Examining the Challenges of Scientific Workflows". Computer. 40 (12): 24–32. doi:10.1109/MC.2007.421.
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  12. "13 June 2013 – BBSRC announces new Council members". Archived from the original on 29 June 2013.
  13. Rector, A. L.; Nowlan, W. A.; Kay, S.; Goble, C. A.; Howkins, T. J. (1993). "A framework for modelling the electronic medical record". Methods of Information in Medicine. 32 (2): 109–119. doi:10.1055/s-0038-1634902. PMID 8321129.
  14. "Carole Goble introduction on public-semweb-lifesci mailing list". World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Archived from the original on 20 October 2014.
    - "Prof Carole Goble, research profile – personal details (The University of Manchester)". Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  15. Stevens, R.; Robinson, A.; Goble, C. (2003). "MyGrid: Personalised bioinformatics on the information grid". Bioinformatics. 19 Suppl 1: i302–i304. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btg1041. PMID 12855473.
  16. Bhagat, J.; Tanoh, F.; Nzuobontane, E.; Laurent, T.; Orlowski, J.; Roos, M.; Wolstencroft, K.; Aleksejevs, S.; Stevens, R.; Pettifer, S.; Lopez, R.; Goble, C. A. (2010). "BioCatalogue: A universal catalogue of web services for the life sciences". Nucleic Acids Research. 38 (Web Server issue): W689–W694. doi:10.1093/nar/gkq394. PMC 2896129. PMID 20484378.
  17. Goble, C. A.; Bhagat, J.; Aleksejevs, S.; Cruickshank, D.; Michaelides, D.; Newman, D.; Borkum, M.; Bechhofer, S.; Roos, M.; Li, P.; De Roure, D. (2010). "MyExperiment: A repository and social network for the sharing of bioinformatics workflows". Nucleic Acids Research. 38 (Web Server issue): W677–W682. doi:10.1093/nar/gkq429. PMC 2896080. PMID 20501605.
  18. "Professor Carole Goble CBE FREng FBCS". Archived from the original on 12 March 2014.
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  19. Carole Goble: Democratizing Informatics for the ‘Long Tail’ Scientist, BioITWorld, 31 March, 31 April 2011
  20. Carole A. Goble at DBLP Bibliography Server
  21. Corcho, O.; Alper, P.; Kotsiopoulos, I.; Missier, P.; Bechhofer, S.; Goble, C. (2006). "An overview of S-OGSA: A Reference Semantic Grid Architecture". Web Semantics: Science, Services and Agents on the World Wide Web. 4 (2): 102–115. doi:10.1016/j.websem.2006.03.001.
  22. Wroe, C. J.; Stevens, R.; Goble, C. A.; Ashburner, M. (2003). "A methodology to migrate the gene ontology to a description logic environment using DAML+OIL". Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing: 624–635. doi:10.1142/9789812776303_0058. ISBN 978-981-238-217-7. PMID 12603063.
  23. Bechhofer, S.; Horrocks, I.; Goble, C.; Stevens, R. (2001). "OilEd: A Reason-able Ontology Editor for the Semantic Web". KI 2001: Advances in Artificial Intelligence. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 2174. pp. 396–408. doi:10.1007/3-540-45422-5_28. ISBN 978-3-540-42612-7.
    - Lord, P. W.; Stevens, R. D.; Brass, A.; Goble, C. A. (2003). "Investigating semantic similarity measures across the Gene Ontology: The relationship between sequence and annotation". Bioinformatics. 19 (10): 1275–1283. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btg153. PMID 12835272.
  24. Rector, A.; Bechhofer, S.; Goble, C.; Horrocks, I.; Nowlan, W.; Solomon, W. (1997). "The GRAIL concept modelling language for medical terminology" (PDF). Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. 9 (2): 139–171. doi:10.1016/S0933-3657(96)00369-7. PMID 9040895.
  25. Hettne, K.; Soiland-Reyes, S.; Klyne, G.; Belhajjame, K.; Gamble, M.; Bechhofer, S.; Roos, M.; Corcho, O. (2012). "Workflow forever". Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for the Life Sciences - SWAT4LS '11. p. 36. doi:10.1145/2166896.2166909. ISBN 9781450310765.
  26. "Prof Carole Goble research profile - personal details | The University of Manchester". Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  27. "UK Government research grants awarded to Carole Goble". Research Councils UK. Archived from the original on 22 February 2015.
  28. "BBSRC grants awarded to Carole Goble". Retrieved 4 July 2011.
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  30. Wolstencroft, K.; Owen, S.; Horridge, M.; Krebs, O.; Mueller, W.; Snoep, J. L.; Du Preez, F.; Goble, C. (2011). "RightField: Embedding ontology annotation in spreadsheets". Bioinformatics. 27 (14): 2021–2022. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btr312. PMID 21622664.
  31. Stevens, R. D.; Tipney, H. J.; Wroe, C. J.; Oinn, T. M.; Senger, M.; Lord, P. W.; Goble, C. A.; Brass, A.; Tassabehji, M. (2004). "Exploring Williams-Beuren syndrome using myGrid". Bioinformatics. 20: i303–i310. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/bth944. PMID 15262813.
  32. Hettne, K. M.; Dharuri, H; Zhao, J; Wolstencroft, K; Belhajjame, K; Soiland-Reyes, S; Mina, E; Thompson, M; Cruickshank, D; Verdes-Montenegro, L; Garrido, J; De Roure, D; Corcho, O; Klyne, G; Van Schouwen, R; 't Hoen, P. A.; Bechhofer, S; Goble, C; Roos, M (2014). "Structuring research methods and data with the research object model: Genomics workflows as a case study". Journal of Biomedical Semantics. 5 (1): 41. doi:10.1186/2041-1480-5-41. PMC 4177597. PMID 25276335.
  33. Goble, C.; Stevens, R.; Hull, D.; Wolstencroft, K.; Lopez, R. (2008). "Data curation + process curation=data integration + science". Briefings in Bioinformatics. 9 (6): 506–517. doi:10.1093/bib/bbn034. PMID 19060304.
    - Stevens, R.; Zhao, J.; Goble, C. (2007). "Using provenance to manage knowledge of in Silico experiments". Briefings in Bioinformatics. 8 (3): 183–194. doi:10.1093/bib/bbm015. PMID 17502335.
    - Stevens, R; Goble, C. A.; Bechhofer, S (2000). "Ontology-based knowledge representation for bioinformatics". Briefings in Bioinformatics. 1 (4): 398–414. doi:10.1093/bib/1.4.398. PMID 11465057.
  34. Ciccarese, P; Soiland-Reyes, S; Belhajjame, K; Gray, A. J.; Goble, C; Clark, T (2013). "PAV ontology: Provenance, authoring and versioning". Journal of Biomedical Semantics. 4 (1): 37. arXiv:1304.7224. Bibcode:2013arXiv1304.7224C. doi:10.1186/2041-1480-4-37. PMC 4177195. PMID 24267948.
  35. Sansone, S. A.; Rocca-Serra, P.; Field, D.; Maguire, E.; Taylor, C.; Hofmann, O.; Fang, H.; Neumann, S.; Tong, W.; Amaral-Zettler, L.; Begley, K.; Booth, T.; Bougueleret, L.; Burns, G.; Chapman, B.; Clark, T.; Coleman, L. A.; Copeland, J.; Das, S.; De Daruvar, A.; De Matos, P.; Dix, I.; Edmunds, S.; Evelo, C. T.; Forster, M. J.; Gaudet, P.; Gilbert, J.; Goble, C.; Griffin, J. L.; Jacob, D. (2012). "Toward interoperable bioscience data". Nature Genetics. 44 (2): 121–126. doi:10.1038/ng.1054. PMC 3428019. PMID 22281772.
  36. Williams, A. J.; Harland, L.; Groth, P.; Pettifer, S.; Chichester, C.; Willighagen, E. L.; Evelo, C. T.; Blomberg, N.; Ecker, G.; Goble, C.; Mons, B. (2012). "Open PHACTS: Semantic interoperability for drug discovery". Drug Discovery Today. 17 (21–22): 1188–1198. doi:10.1016/j.drudis.2012.05.016. PMID 22683805.
    - Goble, C; Stevens, R; Bechhofer, S (2005). "The semantic web and knowledge grids". Drug Discovery Today: Technologies. 2 (3): 225–33. doi:10.1016/j.ddtec.2005.08.005. PMID 24981940.
    - Carole Goble's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
    - Carole Goble author profile page at the ACM Digital Library
    - Qiu, J.; Foster, I.; Goble, C. (2014). "Emerging Computational Methods for the Life Sciences Workshop 2012". Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience. 26 (6): 1231–1233. doi:10.1002/cpe.3101.
    - Gaudet, P.; Bairoch, A.; Field, D.; Sansone, S. -A.; Taylor, C.; Attwood, T. K.; Bateman, A.; Blake, J. A.; Bult, C. J.; Cherry, J. M.; Chisholm, R. L.; Cochrane, G.; Cook, C. E.; Eppig, J. T.; Galperin, M. Y.; Gentleman, R.; Goble, C. A.; Gojobori, T.; Hancock, J. M.; Howe, D. G.; Imanishi, T.; Kelso, J.; Landsman, D.; Lewis, S. E.; Karsch Mizrachi, I.; Orchard, S.; Ouellette, B. F. F.; Ranganathan, S.; Richardson, L.; Rocca-Serra, P. (2011). "Towards BioDBcore: A community-defined information specification for biological databases". Database. 2011: baq027. doi:10.1093/database/baq027. PMC 3017395. PMID 21205783.
  37. Goble, C. A.; Stevens, R.; Ng, G.; Bechhofer, S.; Paton, N. W.; Baker, P. G.; Peim, M.; Brass, A. (2001). "Transparent access to multiple bioinformatics information sources" (PDF). IBM Systems Journal. 40 (2): 532–551. doi:10.1147/sj.402.0532.
  38. Cerebra
  39. Harper, S.; Goble, C.; Stevens, R. (2001). "Prototype mobility tools for visually impaired surfers". Proceedings of the twelfth ACM conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia - HYPERTEXT '01. p. 33. doi:10.1145/504216.504229. ISBN 978-1-58113-420-9.
  40. Goble, Carole (26 July 2013). "ISMB/ECCB 2013 Keynote Goble Results may vary: what is reproducible? …".
  41. Archived 19 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine Keynote speakers at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2007
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    - Proceedings of the 15th international conference on World Wide Web. ACM. 2006. ISBN 9781595933232.
  43. "Congratulations to Carole Goble on Honorary Doctorate". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
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