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Advancing underutilized crops knowledge using SWRL-enabled ontologies - A survey and early experiment

Lawan, Abba; Rakib, Abdur; Alechina, Natasha; Karunaratne, Asha


Abba Lawan

Rakib Abdur
Senior Lecturer in Mobile Security

Natasha Alechina

Asha Karunaratne


Supnithi Thepchai

Yamaguchi Takahira

Buranarach Marut


Due to their powerful knowledge representation formalism and associated inference mechanisms, ontology-based approaches have been increasingly adopted to formally represent domain knowledge. We propose the use of ontologies to advance knowledge-sharing on underutilized crops and propose how to integrate those ontologies with rules for added expressiveness. We first present a survey on the use of ontologies in the field of life-sciences with emphasis on crop-related ontologies, and justify why we need a new formalism. We then present the UC-ONTO (an Underutilized Crops Ontology) as a case study showing the integration of OWL (Web Ontology Language) ontologies with Semantic Web Rule Language (SWRL) rules for added expressiveness.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Nov 9, 2014
Publication Date Dec 13, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 69-84
APA6 Citation Lawan, A., Rakib, A., Alechina, N., & Karunaratne, A. (2014, November). Advancing underutilized crops knowledge using SWRL-enabled ontologies - A survey and early experiment. Paper presented at 4th Joint International Semantic Technology Conference, JIST 2014, Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 9-11, 2014
Keywords crop ontology, OWL ontology, semantic web rule language,
underutilized crops, knowledge representation, reasoning
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : The 2nd International Workshop on Linked Data and Ontology in Practice