W12-01: Some Challenges in Working with Biodiversity Ontologies

TitleW12-01: Some Challenges in Working with Biodiversity Ontologies
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSachs J, Cui H, Macklin J
Conference NameInternational Conference on Biomedical Ontology and BioCreative (ICBO BioCreative 2016)
Date Published11/30/16
PublisherCEUR-ws.org Volume 1747
Conference LocationCorvallis, OR
Other NumbersVol-1747|urn:nbn:de:0074-1747-1

We have faced a number of ontology-related challenges in developing our botanical knowledge portal, which uses Semantic Mediawiki (SMW) to store and display structured data extracted from the Flora of North America (FNA), and to integrate this data with an open biodiversity knowledge graph. We will describe some of the challenges that we have overcome, and some that we continue to struggle with. These include issues with representing and integrating data about phenotypes, habitats, phenology, and establishment means (native vs. introduced). We will also describe the structure of our biodiversity knowledge graph, and invite collaboration in its continued construction.