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Re: HCLS Demo at ISMB/ECCB

From: Marijke Keet <keet@inf.unibz.it>
Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2007 17:43:43 +0200
Message-ID: <46B9E4AF.6040503@inf.unibz.it>
CC: W3C HCLSIG hcls <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>

Dear All,

Unfortunately, I couldn't attend (being at the topically related AAAI 
Semantic e-Science workshop), but it's good to read the summary and that 
interest in bio & SW seems to be expanding (be it linear or 
exponentially) -- and well ahead compared to the enterprise domain.
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> As for the demo, I have a few ideas of making the query interface more 
> user-friendly to non-SQL folks-- let's discuss over the next few days.
>
on query interfaces and knowing that biologists like figures, may I 
suggest the notion of "Query by diagram" [1] (The material is a bit 
outdated, but the basic idea still sound), or the similar idea of 
ConQuer [2] (an abbreviation for conceptual queries), both are 
database-focussed. For probably as recent as you can get and SW-centred: 
the OntoVQL [3] (presented at the DL07 workshop) for a graphical query 
language for OWL ontologies.
I can dish up some references to works that go about querying by (near) 
natural language, in case people are interested.

[1] http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=191976&coll=portal&dl=ACM and 
http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=153873&dl=ACM&coll=portal&CFID=15151515&CFTOKEN=6184618
[2] Bloesch, A.C., Halpin, T.A. (1996). ConQuer: a conceptual query 
language. \emph{Proceedings of ER'96: 15th International Conference 
onconceptual modeling}. Springer LNCS 1157. 1996. pp121-133.  and 
Bloesch, A.C., Halpin, T.A. (1997). Conceptual Queries using 
ConQuer-II.  \emph{Proceedings of ER'97: 16th International Conference 
on Conceptual Modeling}. Springer LNCS 1331. 1997. pp113-126.
[3] 
http://ftp.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/Publications/CEUR-WS/Vol-250/paper_85.pdf

cheers,
marijke

C. Maria Keet
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> cheers,
> Eric
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-semweb-lifesci-request@w3.org on behalf of Alan Ruttenberg
> Sent: Wed 8/8/2007 12:22 AM
> To: Eric Neumann
> Cc: W3C HCLSIG hcls; M. Scott Marshall
> Subject: Re: HCLS Demo at ISMB/ECCB
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> Good news! Congrats and thanks, Eric!
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> If you prepared any new materials (additional slides, etc) or have 
> any tips on how you approached the presentation, please send them on.
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> Best,
> Alan
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> On Aug 7, 2007, at 2:27 PM, M. Scott Marshall wrote:
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> > Dear All,
> >
> > Just wanted to note this success for HCLS:
> > At ISMB/ECCB[1] in Vienna, HCLS was well-represented. Eric Neumann
> > presented the HCLS demo[2] 'live' to an overflowing room. Eric's
> > presentation was very clear, well-paced, and had just the right 
> > level of
> > detail to help ISMB/ECCB folks understand what HCLS is doing. In my
> > estimation, the demo reached its target - as good as it gets. Not only
> > that - a 'live' demo that actually worked well!
> >
> > Matthias Samwald presented a poster about HCLS work at the BioOnt
> > Workshop. His poster was well-visited. We should hear more from 
> > Matthias
> > about ISMB at the BioRDF Telcon next Monday.
> >
> > ISMB is an excellent place for HCLS people to meet like-minded people.
> > Consider going next year (Toronto):
> > http://www.iscb.org/events/event_data.php?660
> >
> > -scott
> >
> > [1]http://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2007/
> >      
> > --
> > M. Scott Marshall
> > http://staff.science.uva.nl/~marshall 
> <http://staff.science.uva.nl/%7Emarshall>
> > http://adaptivedisclosure.org
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