Designing an Ontology for Knowledge Discovery in Iran’s Vaccine


1 Department of Information Technology, Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, Karaj, Iran

2 Department of Human Viral Vaccine, Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, Karaj, Iran

3 Department of Information Technology, School of Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran


Ontology is a requirement engineering product and the key to knowledge discovery. It includes the terminology to describe a set of facts, assumptions, and relations with which the detailed meanings of vocabularies among communities can be determined. This is a qualitative content analysis research. This study has made use of ontology for the first time to discover the knowledge of vaccine in Iran. The ontology can be used for knowledge discovery in domain of vaccine in Iran and identification of experts in the field of vaccine, knowledge management, coordination of R & D activities on vaccine production, shaping a culture and flourishing IT in vaccine industry. Visualization, assessment, validation and evaluation of ontology quality, implemented via use of authentic tools and Experts evaluation results obtained from the questionnaires and how knowledge discovery and visualization of knowledge discovery have been discussed. Iran knowledge on vaccinology can be searched with the aid of ontology and can be developed with bipartite Networks of Iran's vaccinology that is result of knowledge discovery. Analysis of the bipartite networks researcher-centers showed 2811 researchers and research centers as nodes and 3341 collaborations cases. Bipartite network researcher - journal analysis showed 2458 researchers and journals as nodes and 3456 collaborations cases