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Ecolingua: a Formal ontology for data in ecology

  • Virgínia Brilhante1
Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society11:BF03192376

https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03192376

Abstract

Ecolingua is an ontology for ecological quantitative data, which has been designed through reuse of a conceptualisation of quantities and their physical dimensions provided by theEngMath family of ontologies. A hierarchy of ecological quantity classes is presented together with their definition axioms in first-order logic. An implementation-level application of the ontology is discussed, by way of which conceptual ecological models are synthesised from data annotations inEcolingua through reuse of existing model structures.

Keywords

Ontology reuse engineering and application ecological data model synthesis