Assessment of Collaboration Process in Interdisciplinary Research of Water-energy-food Nexus by Means of Ontology Engineering

  • Terukazu KumazawaEmail author
  • Keishiro Hara
  • Aiko Endo
  • Makoto Taniguchi
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This article discusses an assessment of the collaboration process of interdisciplinary research on the water-energy-food nexus by combining a text mining approach and an ontology engineering approach. For this purpose we first overview a collaboration experiment designed for research development. Second, we identify researchers’ concerns in the discussion context of this experiment and represent the communication process focusing on keyword usage. Third, we show the relationships between the researchers’ domains and the fixed research issue and its basic direction by means of ontology engineering. Finally, we discuss how the shared concepts among researchers are dealt with in the collaboration process by combining the represented communication process as an assessment of collaboration.


Collaboration process Interdisciplinary research Assessment Text mining Ontology engineering 



The present research was supported by the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (Project No. 14200097) and by KAKENHI (Grants 25340142 and 25280081). The authors would like to thank Dr. Kouji Kozaki, associate professor of Osaka University, for his technical support regarding the ontology-based mapping tool. We gratefully acknowledge all of the researchers who assisted with the workshop experiments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Terukazu Kumazawa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Keishiro Hara
    • 2
  • Aiko Endo
    • 1
  • Makoto Taniguchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Institute for Humanity and NatureKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Osaka UniversityOsakaJapan

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