Using Semantics for morphological Descriptions in Morph•D•Base
Providing data in a semantically structured format has become the gold standard in data science. However, a significant amount of data is still provided as unstructured text - either because it is legacy data or because adequate tools for storing and disseminating data in a semantically structured format are still missing. We have developed a description module for Morph∙D∙Base, a semantic knowledge base for taxonomic and morphologic data, that enables users to generate highly standardized and formalized descriptions of anatomical entities using free text and ontology-based descriptions. The main organizational backbone of a description in Morph∙D∙Base is a partonomy, to which the user adds all the anatomical entities of the specimen that they want to describe. Each element of this partonomy is an instance of an ontology class and can be further described in two different ways:
- as semantically enriched free-text description that is annotated with terms from ontologies, and
- semantically through defined input forms with a wide range of ontology-terms to choose from.
The demonstration is targeted at developers and users of data portals and will give an insight to the semantic Morph∙D∙Base knowledge base (https://proto.morphdbase.de) and jAnnotator (http://git.morphdbase.de/christian/jAnnotator).