This is a resource page for The Computational Flora Project in
the School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, UK.
It contains published and draft papers and experimental data
gathered from botanical sources.
The Semantics of Botanical
A series of papers and notes on the semantic
analysis of botanical texts:
The meaning of `blue': A hue-saturation plot of several blue flowers.
The MultiFlora Project
Intelligent processing of natural language text information is
essential if the vast legacy of taxonomic data is to be made
accessible. MultiFlora aims to provide proof of concept that
Information Extraction (IE) can be improved by the analysis of multiple
parallel texts, and that, applied to botanical taxon descriptions, it
has the potential to be a useful tool in biodiversity informatics.
See the Project
Website for further details.
Members of the group include:
Part of the research is in association with members of the Natural
History Museum, London:
- Robert Huxley
- David Sutton
- Lydon SJ, Wood
MM, Huxley R, Sutton D. 2003. Data
patterns in multiple botanical descriptions: implications for automatic
processing of legacy data. Systematics
and Biodiversity 1: 151 - 157. BibTex
- Wood, M. M., Lydon, S. J., Tablan, V., Maynard, D., and
Cunningham, H. (2003). Using parallel
texts to improve recall in IE. In Proceedings of Recent Advances in Natural
Language Processing (RANLP-2003), pages 505-512, Borovetz,
- Wood, M. and Wang, S. (2004). Motivation for "ontology" in parallel-text
information extraction. In Proceedings
of ECAI-2004 Workshop on Ontology Learning and Population (ECAI-OLP), Poster, Valencia,
- Wood, M., Lydon, S., Tablan, V., Maynard, D., and
Cunningham, H. (2004). Populating a
database from parallel texts using ontology-based information extraction.
In Meziane, F. and M´tais, E., editors, Proceedings of Natural Language Processing
and Information Systems, 9th International Conference on Applications
of Natural Languages to Information Systems, pages 254-264.
- Shenghui Wang and Jeff Z. Pan. Ontology-based
Representation and Query of Colour Descriptions from Botanical Documents.
Conferences (2) 2005: 1279-1295. Electronic
Edition (link) BibTeX
- Shenghui Wang and Jeff Z. Pan. Integrating and Querying
Parallel Leaf Shape Descriptions. In Proc. of the 5th
International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2006). To appear.
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