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Re: proposal for standard NCBI database URI

From: Tony Hammond <t.hammond@nature.com>
Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 15:24:11 +0100
To: Xiaoshu Wang <wangxiao@musc.edu>, <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C089079B.CA75%t.hammond@nature.com>

Hi Guys:

Shouldn't bang on about this, so will shut up now. But was again reminded of
the INFO work (RFC 4452 - http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc4452.txt) where one of
the use cases we advance in the RFC is Dewey Decimal Classification (and
which we are still talking to OCLC about). The INFO namespace allows also
for the shepherding of classification systems onto the Web which are also
unbounded sets (as well as the more traditional bounded sets of legacy
identifiers such as PMIDs).

OK - I'd best leave it there.



On 11/5/06 14:58, "Xiaoshu Wang" <wangxiao@musc.edu> wrote:11/5/06 14:58

> --Chris
>> Genes should have their own URIs? That's some 10^16 or so
>> URIs just for the volume of space that I'm occupying right now.
> So what is the problem?  There are more concepts exist in the world than
> each of us know. Does it limit ourself from living or learning or working?
> The number of URI is unlimited, what is the big deal?  The issue is not
> about space (by the way, how much space is a reasonable space anyway), the
> issue is the design and management.
>> More useful would be a URI for gene types - eg a URI for the
>> type "Homo sapiens p53 gene" (or an allele thereof).
> Ontologies should exist in any granuality and on any scale, saying one type
> of ontology is more useful than another is arbitrary.  A pacifier is very
> useful to my 10-month old son but completely useless to me.  Vice versa is
> my laptop to him.
> Having 10^16 or even 10^16000 genes doesn't matter. What matters is how we
> can carefully modulizes the URIs so that we don't have to import those
> irrelevant concepts.
> Cheers,
> Xiaoshu 

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