ITTC Project

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Informatics (BDEI): Biodiversity Information Organization Using Taxonomy (BIOT)

Project Award Date: 01-01-2002


Biological resources are the basis of much of this Nations prosperity. The wise stewardship of these riches affects current and future generations and, therefore, must be rooted in decisions based on the best information available. Due to the rapid growth of content on the Internet, there is a corresponding increase in online biological information. However, the sheer volume and quality of data make it impossible for decision-makers to make critical decisions without the benefit of the existing body of information. This project aims to investigate and develop intelligent knowledge management tools and deploy them in this important domain. In particular, the use of taxonomy as reference ontology is being investigated. This will provide a conceptual framework allowing agents to browse biodiversity information widely distributed on the World Wide Web.

The goals of this project are fourfold. The investigation of the use of a taxonomy as a reference ontology for browsing biodiversity information; The evaluation of techniques to automatically classify biodiversity information; The personalization of the information presented to the users expertise and needs; and Laying the groundwork for larger, multidisiplinary efforts in intelligent search, visualization, and personalization of biodiversity information.

This project proposes to build upon existing work at the University of Kansas related to information discovery, retrieval, and delivery. It is particularly suited to the OBIWAN project for ontology-based search, browsing, and visualization of Web resources, as well as the PELT project for preserving and extending biodiversity information.


Faculty Investigator(s): Susan Gauch (PI)

Student Investigator(s): Corey Carson, Subhash Induri, Rajan Vijayaraghavan, Devanand Ravindran, Ming-Luen Jeng

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): National Science Foundation (NSF)

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