Towards an Open Access Gazetteer

submitted by: dougramsey
The Gazetteer (Gaz) is a community-based project of the EnvO Consortium for describing instances of organism environments and biological samples supporting consistent annotation of locations and environments. The Gazetteer describes places and place names, and the relations between them. The Gaz, with 130,000 plus terms (over 50 % of terms defined) and relations, is being utilizing in scientific investigations such as applying Gaz terms to organisms based on free-text from the Encyclopedia...

The Environment Ontology: Linking Environmental Data

submitted by: dougramsey
Norman Morrison, University of Manchester Every biological specimen that is collected or sampled — whether for a museum collection, for epidemiological studies, for population studies, for ecological research, for research into evolution, biodiversity or sustainability, indeed any biological research — comes from a particular habitat where particular physical conditions prevail. How ever, at present there is no accepted semantic standard for describing the environment from which these...