A Change Management Dashboard for the SIEMA Global Malaria Surveillance Infrastructure
The issue of ontology evolution and change management is inadequately addressed by available tools and algorithms, mostly due to the lack of suitable knowledge representation formalisms to deal with temporal abstract notations and the overreliance on human factors. Also most of the current approaches have been focused on changes within the internal structure of ontologies and interactions with other existing ontologies have been widely neglected. In our research, after revealing and classifying some of the common alterations in a number of popular biomedical ontologies, we present a novel agent-based framework, Represent, Legitimate and Reproduce (RLR), to semi-automatically manage the evolution of bio-ontologies, with emphasis on the FungalWeb Ontology, with minimal human intervention. RLR assists and guides ontology engineers through the change management process in general and aids in tracking and representing the changes, particularly through the use of category theory and hierarchical graph transformation.