Mr Bogdan Masznicz, Dr Jinhai Cai and Professor Stan Miklavcic
Plant phenotyping is a novel discipline and it is crucial to establish and implement ontologies as early as possible to facilitate the exchange of data. The aim of the first part of this project will be to analyse existing ontologies and evaluate how they can be adopted for plant phenomics (e.g., ontologies that describe plant species or plant anatomy and morphology). In addition, new ontologies, specific to plant phenomics, need to be developed (e.g., ontologies describing phenotypic measurements).
The internal structure of the data and metadata can be designed using dedicated languages for expressing ontologies. The use of a conceptual model or an ontology over existing data sources is necessary to overcome many important database problems. Modelling the relationship between data sources and their ontologies is necessary in order to capture the semantics of the data.
The ultimate goal of this project is to combine existing ontologies with newly created ontologies, to provide fully annotated data sets for the plant phenotyping community.
Mark Tester, Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics
Bettina Berger, Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics