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

From: Eric Jain <Eric.Jain@isb-sib.ch>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 17:08:16 +0200
Message-ID: <4315C7E0.80801@isb-sib.ch>
To: public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org

Carole Goble wrote:
> Its ain't all Pharmas :-)

Yes, but we like to pretend :-) I think it is important to realize that 
most of what you can do with semantic web technologies can be accomplished 
by brute force programming, too. The point that needs to be made is that 
once the data reaches a certain degree of complexity semantic web 
technologies make the job less painful.

Anyway, my main concern is that some issues like resource identification 
and version control would perhaps be better dealt with in a general 
semantic web interest group. On the other hand if the idea is that this 
group will simply identify and forward specific shortcomings with the 
existing technologies and standards that's fine.

I'm also a bit suspicious about the idea of creating "core" vocabularies. 
Wouldn't this better be left open until there are at least a few databases 
with obvious overlaps in their vocabularies?

Gidelines and best practices, on the other hand, could turn out to be 
really useful for helping more databases adopt semantic web technologies. 
Looking forward to see a "how to make my database semantic in 5 min" 
document ;-)
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