[tdwg] iDigBio Webinar: Shaping the semantic layer by mining digitised data: iDigBio's plant records and the Environment Ontology (ENVO)

Deb Paul dpaul at fsu.edu
Thu Oct 29 23:31:42 CET 2015

Hi Everyone,

You're all invited to join us at an iDigBio webinar next week:
*Shaping the semantic layer by mining digitised data: **
**an encounter between iDigBio's plant records and the Environment 
Ontology (ENVO)
Abstract*: Domain ontologies seek to represent the entities in an area 
of investigation alongside their interrelations in a logically coherent 
manner. Domain knowledge is the lifeblood of these ontologies and 
initiatives such as iDigBio offer valuable repositories which contain 
both legacy and contemporary knowledge and are ripe for mining. The 
Environment Ontology (ENVO 
http://bioportal.bioontology.org/ontologies/ENVO) is a domain ontology 
that is concerned with environments, ecosystems, habitats, and related 

We performed a cursory text-mining exercise focusing on iDigBio's plant 
habitat descriptions to learn what terms and phrases the botany 
community - past and present - have used to describe the environments 
they sample. The results are being used to guide the creation of new 
classes and relations in ENVO, ensuring the ontology is fit to represent 
the environmental aspects of these early waves of digitised plant data. 
In this webinar, I will describe our approach, some of its early 
results, and the main challenges we face going forward./There is 
considerable scope to refine and extend this approach to other digitised 
data and power synergy between the semantic layer and data repositories./

*Presenters: *Dr. Pier Luigi Buttigieg
HGF-MPG Group for Deep Sea Ecology and Technology
Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung
c/o Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
Celsiusstrasse 1, 28359 Bremen, Germany
Email: pbuttigi at mpi-bremen.de <mailto:pbuttigi at mpi-bremen.de>
Grant Godden
Research Associate, Mint Genome Project
Buell Lab http://buell-lab.plantbiology.msu.edu/index.shtml
Michigan State University
Email: goddengr at msu.edu <mailto:goddengr at msu.edu>
Former iDigBio Graduate Student, Soltis Lab

*Where*: http://idigbio.adobeconnect.com/datamgmt
*When:* Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 9:00am to 1:00am EST (Tallahassee, 
That's 3:00 pm to 4 pm CET (Berlin, Germany)

See you there and please share this posting with other interested 
parties. Thanks!
Deb Paul, et al in the iDigBio Data Management Interest Group
(please excuse cross-postings)

-- Upcoming iDigBio Eventshttps://www.idigbio.org/calendar
-- Deborah Paul, iDigBio Technology Specialist
Institute for Digital Information, 234 LSB
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida 32306

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