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Re: [HCLS] Bridging Ontology...An Automated Approach?

From: William Bug <William.Bug@DrexelMed.edu>
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 08:17:01 -0400
Message-Id: <DC1BA7C4-55CD-4FAC-B7B8-E45971C29858@DrexelMed.edu>
Cc: "Kashyap, Vipul" <VKASHYAP1@PARTNERS.ORG>, <donald.doherty@brainstage.com>, <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
To: "Mork, Peter D.S." <pmork@mitre.org>
We are using mediation technology within the BIRN project as well.   
It has many ways in which it can solve some of the problems we're  

My fear is every new repository requires an new mapping/registration  
to the mediator and/or shared ontology.  This can be a very fragile  
system over time, and - as you point out, Peter, tacit assumptions in  
the source data models (and their use of semantics) - which of course  
can also change - may greatly limit the depth and breadth with which  
queries can be mapped to all the data sources.

Semantic web approaches appear to circumvent some of the technical  
frailties, though I don't think they can necessarily overcome the  
requirement for shared foundational and generic ontology layers.


On Aug 22, 2006, at 7:52 AM, Mork, Peter D.S. wrote:

>>> Creating explicit connections between all similar and/or identical
>> entries
>>> in two schemas is an arduous task that is impractical to do
> manually.
>> [VK] Will mapping each of these schemas to an ontology and then using
> the
>> ontology to mediate further queries help alleviate the problem?
>> ---Vipul
> This is the approach adopted by caBIG.  Individual data models (or
> schemata) are related to a common ontology.  By itself, this doesn't
> allow one to rewrite queries (because of tacit assumptions present in
> the respective data models?), but the hope is that development of
> query-mediators will be facilitated by the existence of a loose
> mapping.
> Peter

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