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Re: RE: [BioRDF] URI Resolution

From: <samwald@gmx.at>
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2007 14:42:37 +0100
Cc: public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org
Message-ID: <20070208134237.251990@gmx.net>
To: public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org

>> In your view, how would one find
>> information (or represent the information needed to find
>> information) about a non-informationresource 

I think parallel querying of Sparql endpoints could be an interesting solution. To get additional information about a non-information resource (say, a gene in a genome database), an agent makes a query to a collection of trusted Spaqrl endpoints and merges the resulting triples into one graph. I think something like an auto-discovery mechanism for new Sparql endpoints could also be implemented relatively easily. The server load would probably not be worse than with the follow-your-nose approach, where Semantic Web agents are trampling through large RDF files in search of a few statements.

> I'm not sure what you are asking. [...] you
> should be able to follow-your-nose by deferencing the namespace.

This would probably only lead to the information that was available when the URI for the gene was minted. The more interesting information will probably be found elsewhere, e.g. in an interactome database that describes interactions of the gene that was previously described in the genome database. How should these be found with the follow-your-nose approach when there are no 'trackback' relations in the genome database?

Matthias Samwald

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