Advancing underutilized crops knowledge using SWRL-enabled ontologies - A survey and early experiment

Abba Lawan, Abdur Rakib, Natasha Alechina, Asha Karunaratne

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Due to their powerful knowledge representation formalism and associated inference mechanisms, ontology-based approaches have been increasingly adopted to formally represent domain knowledge. We propose the use of ontologies to advance knowledge-sharing on underutilized crops and propose how to integrate those ontologies with rules for added expressiveness. We first present a survey on the use of ontologies in the field of life-sciences with emphasis on crop-related ontologies, and justify why we need a new formalism. We then present the UC-ONTO (an Underutilized Crops Ontology) as a case study showing the integration of OWL (Web Ontology Language) ontologies with Semantic Web Rule Language (SWRL) rules for added expressiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-84
Number of pages16
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event4th Joint International Semantic Technology Conference - Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 9 Nov 201411 Nov 2014


  • Crop ontology
  • Knowledge representation
  • OWL Ontology
  • Reasoning
  • Semantic web rule language
  • Underutilized crops

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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