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Re: Draft Charter for Semantic Web for Health-care and Life Sciences Group

From: Carole Goble <carole@cs.man.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 15:22:00 +0100
Message-ID: <4315BD08.1050107@cs.man.ac.uk>
To: Eric Miller <em@w3.org>
CC: public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org


I applaud the initiative, but why "the business value" only? We have 
seen that Uniprot RDF is a public service, not a commercial initiative. 
The public repositories, organisations like EMBL and NCBI, and local 
labs who produce valuable curation services and tools, do not talk in 
terms of "business value" but it the value to the scientific community.

Its ain't all Pharmas :-)


> Following the report on the W3C Workshop on Semantic Web for Life
> Sciences [1], the Team has prepared an initial draft of an Interest
> Group charter [2].  It states:
> "The Semantic Web for Health-care and Life Sciences Interest Group
> (HCLSIG) is chartered to develop and support the use of Semantic Web
> technologies to improve collaboration, research and development, and
> innovation adoption in the of Health-care and Life Science
> domains. Success in these domains depends on a foundation of
> semantically rich system, process and information interoperability. To
> these ends, the HCLSIG will focus on the development of use cases that
> illustrate the business value of Semantic Web technology adoption,
> core vocabularies, guidelines and best practices regarding unique
> identifiers, and provide a forum for supporting communication,
> education, collaboration and implementation. The HCLSIG will also work
> with the other Semantic Web related groups to gather suggestions for
> further HCLSIG development work. Further, the HCLSIG will provide a
> forum to support and encourage the use of Semantic Web technologies
> and foster the growth of interoperable, policy-aware data and
> databases in the Life Sciences and Health Care industries."
> This work is expected to be of interest to users, vendors, systems
> integrators, and academics who are involved in information management  
> in the
> health care and life sciences industries.
> I welcome your input on this initial draft [2] as well as any other
> comments you may have on work in this area. Indications of interest
> from your organization, while not a formal commitment, are
> particularly welcome to help us determine the level of interest in
> this work.
> [1] http://www.w3.org/2004/10/swls-workshop-report
> [2] http://www.w3.org/2005/05/swlsig-charter
> -- 
> eric miller                              http://www.w3.org/people/em/
> semantic web activity lead               http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/
> w3c world wide web consortium            http://www.w3.org/

Carole Goble
Professor of Computer Science
University of Manchester
tel: +44 161 275 6195
Received on Wednesday, 31 August 2005 14:22:11 UTC

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