Mapping of glossary terms from the Flora of North America to the Plant Ontology enhances both resources

TitleMapping of glossary terms from the Flora of North America to the Plant Ontology enhances both resources
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsWalls RL
Secondary AuthorsCornet R, Steven R, Cooper LD, Macklin JA, Cui H, Mungall C, Stevenson DW, Jaiswal P
Conference Name3rd International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO 2012)
Date Published2012
PublisherKR-MED Series
Conference LocationGraz, Austria
Abstract

Traditional taxonomic literature can provide a wealth ofdata, but access to that data is limited by its free-text format. Taxonomic treatments such as the Flora of North America (FNA Editorial Committee 1993) consist of terse descriptions of the characters used to identify taxa, such as: “…Leaves usually alternate or opposite, sometimes in basal rosettes, rarely in whorls; rarely stipulate, usually petiolate, sometimes sessile…” Converting taxonomic descriptions to computer-readable format makes them available for automatic retrieval and large-scale analyses. Ontologies such as the Plant Ontology (PO) play a central role in automatic annotation, by providing semantic meaning for the words in a description. We used automated and manual methods to map terms from the Categorical Glossary for the Flora of North America Project (http://128.2.21.109/fmi/xsl/FNA/home.xsl) to the PO.

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