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making statements on the semantic web

From: Michel_Dumontier <Michel_Dumontier@carleton.ca>
Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2007 18:17:10 -0400
To: public-semweb-lifesci hcls <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
Message-id: <AB349814F1ECB143A5D4CD29C7A645690192D831@CCSEXB10.CUNET.CARLETON.CA>

Ok,
  So a key concern for me is how I, as a user of public resources,
should make statements about them on the semantic web. While certain
data providers might already providing RDF/OWL data with some URI, what
about those that have yet to do this? How should I reference a public
resource provided by the SGD [1] or candidadb [2]? Moreover, what about
the ~1000 database [3] with valuable content, much of it locked away in
relational databases or flat files? How do I make statements about these
resources, without taking the responsibility of serving it up in my own
namespace [4], which might ultimately not integrate with content from
another 3rd party content provider.

  Inline with my previous comments about the value of the semantic web
for data integration, it would be of great value to have data providers
_register_ the namespace of their resources. In fact, coupling NAR
database issue with base URI registration would open up entirely new
worlds for data integration. Do you think this is worthwhile or
feasible? What other approaches might be considered to alleviate this
problem?

Cheers,

-=Michel=-

[1] http://www.yeastgenome.org/
[2] http://genolist.pasteur.fr/CandidaDB/
[3] http://nar.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol35/suppl_1/index.dtl
[4] http://bio2rdf.org/
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