The Ontological Modelling of Fruit Fly Control and Management Knowledge

  • Caroline C. KiptooEmail author
  • Aurona Gerber
  • Alta Van der Merwe


Fruit fly control and management in Africa has been the topic of several scientific investigations resulting in diverse sources of knowledge on the topic. Despite the existence of this knowledge, frequently it is not readily accessible to all targeted beneficiaries; this can be due to, for example, the remote locations of farms and the complexity of the knowledge. However, recent technological developments such as web technologies and networking allow for the engagement and participation of stakeholder groups in the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge and these technologies can also be applied to fruit fly knowledge. In order to facilitate this stakeholder participation in fruit fly knowledge sharing, the relevant domain knowledge needs to be available in a format that can support stakeholder engagement, preferably through the Web. Fruit fly knowledge has not been modelled in this manner and this paper reports on an investigation to model and capture the relevant domain knowledge using ontologies. The objective of this work is thus the development of the domain ontology and its evaluation using a prototype stakeholder participation system for fruit fly control and management that was capable of utilising the ontology. We describe our findings on the use of ontology technologies for representation of fruit fly knowledge, the fruit fly ontology developed, as well as a prototype Web-based system that uses the ontology as a source of knowledge.


Ontological modelling Ontology-driven Taxonomic key 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caroline C. Kiptoo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aurona Gerber
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alta Van der Merwe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of InformaticsUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.CAIRCSIR Meraka InstitutePretoriaSouth Africa

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