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RE: Antwort: RE: Semantic web article in Nature Biotechnology

From: wangxiao <wangxiao@musc.edu>
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2005 12:58:13 -0400
Message-Id: <200510121658.j9CGw9nr017955@flopsy.musc.edu>
To: <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>

- Robert Stevens,

> My point of substance was about modularisation. I hope that 
> someone will show me how to do it in OWL, after telling me 
> what the behaviour of a module is.

I have came up to this idea. Please see
http://www.charlestoncore.org/ont/2005/08/o3.html , the ontology's namespace
URI is http://www.charlestoncore.org/ontology/2005/08/o3#.

In short, a Profile is an ontology that only handles the merging of
ontologies but do not create concepts under its own namespace.  All
ontologies shall be deployed as a local ontology, i.e, ontologies without
using foreign concepts. And complext ontologies, i.e., those import foreign
concepts should be normalized into local ontologies and profile.  Such a
separation will increase ontology reuse and system's robustness because all
ontology is disjoint from each other.  In addition, it maximize overall
system expressiveness.  Now, ontology creator shall try to develop ontology
without thinking how it relates to others.  On the other hand, using
o3:Profile allows all ontologies be combined according to a users' viewpoint
or an application profile. The separation, IMHO, is very important.  And
this is a concrete engineer principle that everyone can follow without
subjective debate.

Of course, how to partition content (not the engineer artifacts) into local
ontologies is subjective.  Detailed ontology needs a top ontology to help
them.  For instance, if when MGED is designed with a top experimental
ontology in mind (something like BOSS.
http://www.charlestoncore.org/ontology/boss#), content decomposition will be
easier.

If an ontology developer doesn't know what the system is supposed to run and
what it can possibly achieve, how can they do things right.  To help them
"comprehend" is much more important than let them simply "know".

Xiaoshu 
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