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Acta Agron Sin ›› 2016, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (03): 407-414.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1006.2016.00407


Ontology Construction of Crop Germplasm Resources

CHEN Li-Na1,2,FANG Wei1,SI Hai-Ping3,CAO Yong-Sheng1,*   

  1. 1Institute of Crop Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing100081, China;2Department of Computer and Information Technology, Shangqiu Normal College, Shangqiu476000, China;3College of Information and Management Science, Henan Agricultural University, Zhengzhou450002,China
  • Received:2015-08-09 Revised:2015-11-20 Online:2016-03-12 Published:2015-12-18
  • Contact: 曹永生, E-mail: caoyongsheng@caas.cn, Tel: 010-62186693
  • Supported by:

    This study was supported by National Infrastructure for Crop Germplasm Resources(2005DKA21001) and ChinaSpark Program(2014GA750011).


Ontology is an efficient organization for improving integration, sharing and use efficiency of crop germplasm resources.On the basis of analyzing traditional ontology construction methods and characteristics of national crop germplasm resources, a semi-automated ontology construction method combining structured data and unstructured data was proposed. The method established initial ontology by extracting concepts and their relationship from relational database based on object-oriented approach, then,extracted concepts from unstructured web data, and enriched the semantic of these concepts using online dictionaries such as WordNet and online encyclopedia Wikipedia, so as to improve the initial ontology. Crop germplasm resources ontology modelwas constructed using Protégé, an ontology construction tool. The experimental results showed that the method made the database resources fully utilized, the complementary role of unstructured data considered, the cost of ontology construction reduced, and the ontology more perfected. The paper discussed ontology evolutionway, and pointed out the advantages and disadvantages of the study.

Key words: Crop germplasm resources, Ontology, Structured data, Unstructured data

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