Semantic Vernaculars for Fungi

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Research Areas: Semantic eScience
Principal Investigator: Deborah L. McGuinness
Co Investigator: Nathan Wilson
Concepts: Provenance, Web Science
Fungi are typically referred to by either scientific or common names. Neither of these terminologies meets the need for well-defined, persistent definitions of groups of fungi who exhibit similar macroscopic qualities, but may be dissimilar genetically. We propose a community-developed vocabulary that can be used to identify mushrooms based on properties that can be observed in the field (without microscopic or genomic examination). We show how an ontology can be used to develop and organize the terms and definitions and to enable applications based on the vocabulary. This project originated as a class project in Deborah McGuinness's Fall 2011 Semantic e-Science course.


Prototype demonstration