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Ecolingua: a Formal ontology for data in ecology

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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.

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Brilhante, V. Ecolingua: a Formal ontology for data in ecology. J Braz Comp Soc 11, 60–78 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03192376

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Keywords

  • Ontology reuse
  • engineering and application
  • ecological data
  • model synthesis