"EDAM (EMBRACE Data And Methods) is an ontology of bioinformatics operations (tool, application, or workflow functions), types of data, topics (application domains), and data formats. The applications of EDAM are within organising tools and data, finding suitable tools in catalogues, and integrating them into complex applications or workflows. Semantic annotations with EDAM are applicable to diverse entities such as for example Web services, databases, programmatic libraries, standalone tools and toolkits, interactive applications, data schemas, data sets, or publications within bioinformatics. Annotation with EDAM may also contribute to data provenance, and EDAM terms and synonyms can be used in text mining. EDAM - and in particular the EDAM Data sub-ontology - serves also as a markup vocabulary for bioinformatics data on the Semantic Web."