Ontology-based representation and query of colour descriptions from botanical documents

Shenghui Wang*, Jeff Z. Pan

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A proper representation of the semantics of colour descriptions is necessary when colour information needs to be processed semantically, such as in the area of information integration. Semantics-based methods can help information from different sources to be integrated more easily and make final results more accurate and understandable among different sources. This paper introduces an ontology-based representation of the semantics of colour descriptions. By using a quantitative colour model and a Description Logic (DL) with datatype support, the semantics of a single colour term can be represented. Multiple such terms are then combined to generate the semantics of a complex colour description, which is interpreted by using morpho-syntactic rules derived from the analysis of colour descriptions in botanical documents. A colour reasoner, interacting with the FaCT-DG DL reasoner, can support colour-related queries and give domain-oriented results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOn the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems 2005: CoopIS, DOA, and ODBASE
Subtitle of host publicationOTM Confederated International Conferences, CoopIS, DOA, and ODBASE 2005, Proceedings
EditorsRobert Meersman, Zahir Tari
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-32120-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventOn the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems, OTM 2005: Prooceedings of OTM 2005 - Agia Napa, Cyprus
Duration: 31 Oct 20054 Nov 2005

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume3761 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceOn the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems, OTM 2005
Abbreviated titleOTM 2005
CityAgia Napa


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