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RE: BioRDF Announcement

From: Ronald Cornet <r.cornet@amc.uva.nl>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2008 09:20:17 +0200
To: "public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org" <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
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Chimezie wrote:
> In generally, I'm asking because I had done something similar 
> with SNOMED-CT and discovered (unless my understanding of the 
> license is mistaken) that licensing restrictions of its kind 
> essentially eliminates the possibility of SNOMED-CT hosted as 
> 'open' linked data unless the hosting is done by the 
> International Health Terminology Standards Development 
> Organisation (IHTSDO).

Chimezie,

You may be right in this.
However, what would be possibly even more useful, is if you are willing to share the conversion methods rather than the outcome. In this way, people can use the method to create their own representation of SNOMED CT if they have the license for the original version. Moreover, they can apply the method on each new version of SNOMED CT, and comment on / contribute to the conversion method.

There is a really great interest in OWL (and other) representation of (parts of) SNOMED CT, and this approach would bring this a step closer.

Best regards,

Ronald

> I wonder, how much of an impediment this is to the-reuse of 
> current terminology standards such as these in SW 
> representational formats?
> 
> -- Chimezie

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-semweb-lifesci-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:public-semweb-lifesci-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of 
> Chimezie Ogbuji
> Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2008 01:41
> To: eric neumann; Kei Cheung
> Cc: Susie M Stephens; public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org
> Subject: Re: BioRDF Announcement
> 
> 
> On 7/17/08 4:22 PM, "eric neumann" <ekneumann@gmail.com> wrote:
> > As I had mentioned before, having all of NLM's MeSH and 
> much of UMLS 
> > available as RDF/SKOS/OWL for researchers would be very 
> well received 
> > by the growing SW community. I'd like to add this to the list of 
> > BioRDF activities going forwards.
> 
> Eric.
> 
> By UMLS, I'm assuming you mean the semantic network? Some 
> time ago, I wrote a translation of the UMLS semantic network 
> into an OWL document that I would be willing to contribute to 
> the community, however, I wonder if there are licensing 
> restrictions with NLM's MeSH and UMLS Semantic Network that 
> would prevent the publication of a 'linkable' OWL ontology?
> 
> In generally, I'm asking because I had done something similar 
> with SNOMED-CT and discovered (unless my understanding of the 
> license is mistaken) that licensing restrictions of its kind 
> essentially eliminates the possibility of SNOMED-CT hosted as 
> 'open' linked data unless the hosting is done by the 
> International Health Terminology Standards Development 
> Organisation (IHTSDO).
> 
> I wonder, how much of an impediment this is to the-reuse of 
> current terminology standards such as these in SW 
> representational formats?
> 
> -- Chimezie
> 
> 
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