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Approaches to Storing and Querying Structural Information in Botanical Specimen Descriptions.

Paterson, Trevor; Kennedy, Jessie


Trevor Paterson


L M MacKinnon

A G Burger

Phil Trinder


We are developing an ontology as a defined terminology for the taxonomic description of botanical specimens. To allow these descriptions to unambiguously refer to a given plant structure, the ontology specifies compositional relationships between anatomical structures, as well as providing textual definitions for structural terms. We are testing a variety of approaches for representing this compositional hierarchy in a relational database, so that descriptions can refer to the compositional context (path) of any structure being described. We compare the relative advantages of storing and querying path information in an XML representation or as a materialized string.

Conference Name 21st Annual British National Conference on Databases (BNCOD21)
Start Date Jul 7, 2004
End Date Jul 9, 2004
Publication Date 2004-07
Deposit Date Oct 27, 2009
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2009
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 80-91
Book Title Key technologies for data management: Proceedings of the 21st Annual British National Conference on Databases (BNCOD21)
ISBN 1-904410-12-X
Keywords Biology; Data analysis; Computing; Ontological methodology; Defined terminology; Taxonomy; Compositional relationships; Anatomical structures; XML; Materialised strings; Evaluation;
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Contract Date Oct 27, 2009


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