Question Answering with Encyclopedia of Life: Accessing Large-Scale Biological Knowledge

The practice of biologically inspired design requires access to general biological knowledge. In this paper, we describe AskEOL, a question-answering tool for accessing biologicalknowledge from Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), the world’s largestknowledgebase of biological taxa AskEOL operates in the context of a virtual research assistant, Vera, that provides an interactive environment for building conceptual models of ecological systems and runs experimental simulations on those models.

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