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Maximizing Transformation Between People and Information using Ontology: Discovering Anaerobic Microbiology Through Ontological Relationships

Myongho Yi and Cecelia Brown

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


The poster will present our new and promising work which seeks to improve access to scientific information by transforming the information seeking behaviors of scientists into an information retrieval system that organizes scientific information based on ontological relationships. Ontologically driven information retrieval (ONTOIR) systems are based on semantic relationships among the information resources indexed therein and have been shown to improve information searching when compared to traditional thesaurus based systems. By gathering input from domain experts in a specialized field of biology, anaerobic microbiology, a map of the relationships among articles citing the body of research of a pioneer in the field will be generated. Maximizing knowledge of how microbiologists look for information will allows us to structure and organize the journal articles within the ONTOIR system in a manner that reflects the ways working scientists currently conceptualize their literature. Scientistsí ability to locate a specific scientific publication and to stay abreast with current developments in their field is complicated by the seemingly endless, and ever growing, volume of scientific information. Organizing the literature within an ONTOIR system that capitalizes on user information behavior is predicted to facilitate the location of wanted information plus the discovery of new and innovative areas of research and development that may not have been possible using traditional thesaurus based systems.

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