A small group of around 40 people came together at the Chancellors Conference Centre in Manchester for the Ontologies Workshop, chaired by Alan Rector and Robert Stevens. The workshop was, rather strangely, spread over 2 half days. In hindsight, this programme worked very well as it gave people the opportunity to chat over a drink on the Saturday evening and share ideas, before launching into the second half on the following day. The participants were from various walks of life, all with a common interest in finding out more about ontologies and promoting collaborations between the medical informatics and bioinformatics ontology communities.