Ontology term request workflow. A. A data curator encounters a term which is not available from the relevant ontology. The curator composes and submits a term request. They receive a provisional term which can be used where needed. B. An ontology editor reviews the list of term requests using the Phenoscape ORB Manager web application. After creating an appropriate term in the ontology, the ORB Manager is used to update the permanent ID field in the provisional term record. C. When Phenex is launched, it checks for any provisional terms which have been assigned a permanent ID, and updates the current data file to reference the permanent IDs. These three phases of the workflow can occur repeatedly and largely independently of each other.