The use of concept maps during knowledge elicitation in ontology development processes - the nutrigenomics use case

Garcia Castro, Alexander, Rocca-Serra, Philippe, Stevens, Robert, Taylor, Chris, Nashar, Karim, Ragan, Mark A. and Sansone, Susanna-Assunta (2006) The use of concept maps during knowledge elicitation in ontology development processes - the nutrigenomics use case. BMC Bioinformatics, 7 267 - 1-267 - 14. doi:10.1186/1471-2105-7-267

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Author Garcia Castro, Alexander
Rocca-Serra, Philippe
Stevens, Robert
Taylor, Chris
Nashar, Karim
Ragan, Mark A.
Sansone, Susanna-Assunta
Title The use of concept maps during knowledge elicitation in ontology development processes - the nutrigenomics use case
Journal name BMC Bioinformatics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2105
Publication date 2006-01-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1471-2105-7-267
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Start page 267 - 1
End page 267 - 14
Total pages 14
Editor P. Newmark
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Language eng
Subject C1
280112 Information Systems Development Methodologies
780105 Biological sciences
Formatted abstract
Background:  Incorporation of ontologies into annotations has enabled 'semantic integration' of complex data, making explicit the knowledge within a certain field. One of the major bottlenecks in developing bio-ontologies is the lack of a unified methodology. Different methodologies have been proposed for different scenarios, but there is no agreed-upon standard methodology for building ontologies. The involvement of geographically distributed domain experts, the need for domain experts to lead the design process, the application of the ontologies and the life cycles of bio-ontologies are amongst the features not considered by previously proposed methodologies.

Results:
  Here, we present a methodology for developing ontologies within the biological domain. We describe our scenario, competency questions, results and milestones for each methodological stage. We introduce the use of concept maps during knowledge acquisition phases as a feasible transition between domain expert and knowledge engineer.

Conclusion:   The contributions of this paper are the thorough description of the steps we suggest when building an ontology, example use of concept maps, consideration of applicability to the development of lower-level ontologies and application to decentralised environments. We have found that within our scenario conceptual maps played an important role in the development process.
Keyword Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article number: 267

 
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