How to create and manage an ontology or taxonomy

Here’s how to perform the most common ontology or taxonomy operations.

Creating an ontology or taxonomy

In order to create a new ontology or taxonomy you can go to the ‘Ontologies’ section and click on ’New ontology’ on the top right. Select ‘Create new’ to create a new one.

In order to create your taxonomy you will need to add a name.

Description and tags are optional but it’s recommended to add these details to allow other to understand the contents of the ontology or taxonomy.

Once you’ve added the details concerning your taxonomy select ’Create’ in the bottom right corner to finish creating your ontology or taxonomy.

Navigating the interface

In order to create and manage your ontologies or taxonomies it’s important to know how to navigate and use the features in the ontology interface.

The interface is separated into two main parts: The side menu and the details view.

Side menu

The side menu contains the tabs ’Classes’ and ’Properties’.

To build a taxonomy, you can ignore the ’Properties’ tab.

From the classes tab you can add classes and narrower classes to build out your ontology or taxonomy.

If you want to find a specific class to add additional details you’ll find the search bar and a filter tool.

Details view

When you add a class you will find additional details can be added in the details view.

The details view is composed of ’Lexical labels’ and ’Properties’.

The lexical labels will help define your class further and reduce the likelihood of duplicate classes being made under a similar name.

To build a taxonomy, you can ignore the ‘Properties’ section.

Editing an ontology or taxonomy

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From an ontology, click on ‘Settings’ in the menu on the top right, to edit Ontology settings.

Deleting a taxonomy

Click on the on the top right corner and click on ’Delete’, to delete a taxonomy.

If you delete a taxonomy you will not be able to recover it. Best practice is to leave the taxonomy detached just in case it may be used for a future project

Sharing a ontology or taxonomy to a group

To share your ontology go to the menu and select ’Share’.

  1. From the pop-up menu search for the group you would like to publish the ontology to.
  2. Click ’Share’ to share the ontology.

Once you publish the ontology you’ll be able to find it in the group as well as the projects attached to that group.

This allows you to add the ontology to your project.

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