Ecology is inherently cross-disciplinary, drawing together many types of information to address questions about the natural world. Finding and integrating relevant data to assist in these analyses is crucial, but is difficult owing to ambiguous terminology and the lack of sufficient information about datasets. Ontologies provide a formal mechanism for defining terms and their relationships, and can improve the location, interpretation and integration of data based on its inherent meaning.
Provides a classification scheme for the analysis of marine imagery and video. CATAMI is an ontology for scoring marine biota and substrata in underwater imagery and intends to promote national consistency and standards for the classification. This tool uses a standardized combination of high-level taxonomy (phylum, order, class) and morphological attributes (shape, growth-form) given by the picture. CATAMI helps also to collate, display and analyze imagery collected for marine habitats.
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