Ontology base-Interface Thai Herbs Search System (THSS):
Data and user management module
Mr. Chiun-Yi Chen
Assoc. Prof. Kitsana Waiyamai, Ph.D.
Bachelor of Engineering (Software and Knowledge Engineering) Kasetsart University TEL :( +66) 2-942-8555 Ext. 1430 FAX: (+66) 2-579-6245 E-mail: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thai herbs have been used more and more in many application fields such as medical, health and cosmetic. However, Thai herbs are stored and collected in several types of databases, and in variety of formats such as excel, access and flat files, which make users difficult to search and analyze them. Objective of this work is to design and develop a Thai herbs search system. The developed system is consisting of two parts which are data and user management, and ontology-based user interface modules. This project focuses on the first module which consists of data extraction and filtering, and user management modules. Data extraction and filtering are implemented using web-crawler and natural language processing techniques.
Keywords: Thai herbs, Ontology, web-crawler, Search Engine
1.1Background and Motivation
Recently, a usage of Thai’s herbs has become popular in many organizations such as using for medical, educational and etc. So knowledge in Thai’s herbs both expertise and indigenous knowledge are distributed in many forms and formats. Thus, method of sharable and usable knowledge in this field cannot perform easily. To enable knowledge sharing an efficient method of storage of Thai’s herbs knowledge is needed. From the collecting data of each organization, cause the disintegration of Thai herbs information. Because the amount of data source is not equal and description of data is not same, it makes people who interested in, have to take long time to search and find. Previously have some websites have developed and collected data from several sources to present data in standard pattern and help users easy to search data. But they are not support quick and easy way to improve Thai herbs data, users difficult to analyze data and difficult to use the system. The principle of Data and User Management Module are management user, extraction, filtering and collecting in same of format for easing to use and extend to next module. Thus, this work will make the website that collecting herbs data from several sources automatically, easy to extend and control user that login to management in server.
1.2 Problem statement
From the collecting data of each organization, cause the disintegration of Thai herbs information. Because the amount of data source is not equal and description of data is not same, it makes people who interested in, have to take long time to search and find. So it can conclude and distribute the problem as the following: • Hard to use for the user who don’t have knowledge.
• Doesn’t provide the updated information.
• Too slow on searching.
• Doesn’t have enough categories to find.
• Doesn’t have enough details and pictures to show.
1.3 Related works
From researching, we found several related works which have some advantage and disadvantage characters as follows:
• Mahidol’s System
This system is maintained and updated by the Medicinal Plant Information Center (MPIC), Faculty of Pharmacy, Mahidol University.
- Have many categories of searching.
- Have a specialist to answer the questions that users ask in the board. - Have a quick search function for users who don’t have knowledge of herbs. Disadvantages
- Don’t have ontology to see the scope of categories.
- Can find only the word that the users specify.
- Don’t have related words of searching.
• Chitralada’s System
This system is maintained and updated by the Plant Genetics Conservation Project at the Royal Initiation of Her Royal Highness Maha Chakri Sirindhon.
- Provide pictures search.
References:  หน่วยบริการฐานข้อมูลสมุนไพรไทย, สำนักงานข้อมูลสมุนไพรไทย, คณะเภสัชศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยมหิด(http://www.medplant.mahidol .ac.th/index.asp), 2000
 สำนักงานโครงการอนุรักษ์พันธุกรรมพืช อันเนื่องมาจากพระราชดำริ, สวนจิตรลดาพฤกษาพรรณ (http://www.rspg.org/palace/chitra lada/cld6-2.htm), 2544
 http://agkc.lib.ku.ac.th/plantwebsite/webpage/H ome/SelectTypeSearch.html
 Miss Boonyarat Phaderrod,(2004). Local Thai’s Natural Product Ontology for Potential Bioactive Compounds Search and Analysis, Thesis of master degree, Kasetsart University
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