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Re: [HCLS] Bridging Ontologies - with Foundational Ontologies

From: William Bug <William.Bug@DrexelMed.edu>
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 08:30:18 -0400
Message-Id: <FE8F5FC7-F32E-4F0D-9373-BA0FB44F9FD5@DrexelMed.edu>
Cc: "Matthias Samwald" <samwald@gmx.at>, <ogbujic@bio.ri.ccf.org>, "Donald Doherty" <donald.doherty@brainstage.com>, <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
To: "Kashyap, Vipul" <VKASHYAP1@PARTNERS.ORG>
It is true statistical analysis of repositories expressing their  
semantics according to the same formal systems (e.g., RDFS, SKOS,  
OWL, etc.) utilized a metathesaurus of heavily utilized terms can get  
you a long way -

But - it's not clear to me whether we'll be able to evolve highly  
automated semantically-formal neuroinformatics analysis systems.  I'm  
not thinking of reasoning oriented systems, but simply analysis of  
semantic info a la the ubiquitious use of Gene Ontology in the bio- 
molecular informatics world.


On Aug 22, 2006, at 7:49 AM, Kashyap, Vipul wrote:

>> Great to hear that! It really seems that most of the promises of  
>> semantic
>> web ontologies are only realised when top-level ontologies like  
>> DOLCE are
>> used. Maybe we should evaluate the potential use of DOLCE or BFO  
>> for the
>> BioRDF tasks?
> [VK] Whereas I agree with the use of foundational ontologies, I may  
> not agree
> with the sweeping generalization above. Significant potential can  
> be realized by
> using not so formally organized resources such as the UMLS for  
> instance.
> ---Vipul

Bill Bug
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