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Re: [rdf] Re: proposal for standard NCBI database URI

From: Mark Wilkinson <markw@illuminae.com>
Date: Tue, 09 May 2006 09:16:15 -0700
To: larry.hunter@uchsc.edu
Cc: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>, public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org
Message-Id: <1147191375.16114.55.camel@bioinfo.icapture.ubc.ca>

Hmmmm.... yeah, that's true... but my "gut" does a back-flip when I am
forced to use a URI that refers to a web page, complete with fancy NCBI
decorations and menu's :-)  

I think what we are REALLY looking for is an identifier of a data-
entity, independent of its representation.  This is what the LSIDs do
for us so nicely, since they can refer to "conceptual" entities with the
various possible representations being referred to in the metadata.


On Tue, 2006-05-09 at 09:59 -0600, Larry Hunter wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-05-09 at 00:00 -0400, Alan Ruttenberg wrote:
> > As far as I know there is no standard URI for a resource at NCBI. 
> Ah, but there is:
>   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query/static/linking.html
> Given that this structure covers many quite distinct databases, it's a
> bit more complicated than what you propose, but it's serviceable.
> Larry

Mark Wilkinson
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