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RE: Clarity in naming genes (Was RE: A precedent suggesting ...)

From: Booth, David (HP Software - Boston) <dbooth@hp.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2006 15:04:18 -0400
Message-ID: <EBBD956B8A9002479B0C9CE9FE14A6C2F1879F@tayexc19.americas.cpqcorp.net>
To: "kei cheung" <kei.cheung@yale.edu>, <drew.mcdermott@yale.edu>
Cc: <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>

> From: kei cheung
> . . .
> I agree that gene names are interesting use cases for URI/LSID. In 
> addition to synonyms (different terms may be used to refer to 
> the same 
> concept), we need to deal with homonyms (the same term may mean 
> different things). As discussed in the BioRDF call yesterday, 
> I promised 
> to come up with some neuroscience examples for URI/LSID, here is one 
> such example for looking up the definition of "spine" in wikipedia. 
> Notice that this term has different meanings in different contexts 
> (biological vs. anatomical). It looks like we might want to 
> think about 
> the possibility of providing such a context in LSID for 
> disambiguation.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spine_(biology)
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spine_(anatomy)

Shouldn't they just be different URIs, just as they are in wikipedia?
Why would one want to use the same URI for two different concepts just
because the same English word happens to be used for both?

David Booth, Ph.D.
HP Software
Phone: +1 617 629 8881
Received on Tuesday, 15 August 2006 19:04:30 UTC

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