Approaches to Storing and Querying Structural Information in Botanical Specimen Descriptions.

Paterson, Trevor and Kennedy, Jessie (2004) Approaches to Storing and Querying Structural Information in Botanical Specimen Descriptions. In: Key technologies for data management: Proceedings of the 21st Annual British National Conference on Databases (BNCOD21). British National Conference on Databases (21). Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, pp. 80-91. ISBN 1-904410-12-X

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We are developing an ontology as a defined terminology for the taxonomic description of botanical specimens. To allow these descriptions to unambiguously refer to a given plant structure, the ontology specifies compositional relationships between anatomical structures, as well as providing textual definitions for structural terms. We are testing a variety of approaches for representing this compositional hierarchy in a relational database, so that descriptions can refer to the compositional context (path) of any structure being described. We compare the relative advantages of storing and querying path information in an XML representation or as a materialized string.

Item Type: Book Section
Print ISSN: 0302-9743
ISBN: 1-904410-12-X
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biology; Data analysis; Computing; Ontological methodology; Defined terminology; Taxonomy; Compositional relationships; Anatomical structures; XML; Materialised strings; Evaluation;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QH Natural history
Item ID: 3025
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2009 17:06
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2011 16:04

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