Bootstrapping Of Ontologies and Terminologies STrategic REsearch Project (BOOTStrep) is a project funded under the EC's Sixth Framework Programme as a Specific Targeted Research Project.

  • Duration: 1/4/2006 - 31/3/2009
  • Overall project budget: €4.2M
  • Value of funding to University of Manchester: €755K


  • to build two major reusable, wide-coverage lexical and conceptual repositories for the biology domain, i.e. a bio-lexicon and a bio-ontology using text mining techniques
  • to harmonise and augment existing bio-terminologies and bio-ontologies
  • to allow multilingual querying of scientific knowledge and databases

Queries are carried out via the Query Interface, which searches the Biological Knowledge Repository

  • Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena (Germany)
  • European Molecular Biology Institute/European Bioinformatics Institute (UK)
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche/Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale (Italy)
  • University of Manchester (UK)
  • Université de Rennes (France)
  • Institute for Infocomm Research (Singapore)
  • Universitätsklinikum Freiburg (Germany)