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Re: Cross Language with topic maps [was Re: 答复: KB note]

From: eric neumann <ekneumann@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 13:56:29 -0400
Message-ID: <92e86c7d0805281056m30b0bacbyd8efba9a23283183@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Jack Park" <jack.park@sri.com>
Cc: "w3c semweb hcls" <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>, kc28@email.med.yale.edu, "Tim Clark" <twclark@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu>
Why not simply use to following trick on top of universal symbols?
<umls:male
rdfs:label="male" lang="en"
rdfs:label="Mann" lang="ge"
rdfs:label="mâle" lang="fr"
rdfs:label="男性" lang="zh-Hans"
...
>

Eric

2008/5/28 Jack Park <jack.park@sri.com>:

>
> In cross-language data integration, it may be a simple matter of using a
> multitude of language-scoped labels in an ontology. Another approach
> that has been mentioned on this list many moons back by the late Bill
> Bugg was that of applying topic maps to the federation of heterogeneous
> resources, including disparate ontologies that don't easily merge, and
> data sets. Bill was referring to some of my work. Topic maps provide the
> ability to apply as many different names to some entity as necessary for
> all participants to successfully locate what they seek. At the same
> time, topic maps can federate each entity with external comments,
> dialogues (such as this email message), bookmarks (tags) and
> relationships with other entities.
>
> Jack
>
> Xiaoshu Wang wrote:
> > Huajun Chen@Zhejiang University wrote:
> >> Another challenge is cross-language data integration, which is actually
> a
> >> job that ontology should do.
> >>
> > I honestly disagree. Ontology is about the semantics of *being* but that
> > of symbols. It doesn't matter if how "gene" is called, named, or
> > written. It symbolize the same objective entities. A URI such as
> > http://www.example.com is not written in English. It is just a bunch of
> > symbols. Let's not introduce linguistic issues into data integration,
> > which already have a lot of issues.
> >
> > Xiaoshu Wang
> >> Best wishes, huajun
> >>
> >> -----邮件原件-----
> >> 发件人: public-semweb-lifesci-request@w3.org
> >> [mailto:public-semweb-lifesci-request@w3.org] 代表 Matthias Samwald
> >> 发送时间: 2008年5月26日 21:22
> >> 收件人: kc28@email.med.yale.edu; Tim Clark
> >> 抄送: M. Scott Marshall; public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org
> >> 主题: Re: KB note
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>> Speaking of national boundaries, I wonder if alternative medicine
> (e.g.,
> >>> herbal
> >>> medicine) would also be of interest to this community. For example,
> >>> Huperzine
> >>> is a drug derived from the herb Huperzia serrata. I also wonder if
> there
> >>> are
> >>> hypotheses regarding the study of herbs in the possible treatment of
> >>> neurological diseases.
> >>>
> >> I would also be very motivated to help in this kind of research.
> >> Specifically, Huperzine A would be a very interesting use-case for our
> >> developments. It is a herbal compound with a history in folk medicine
> and is
> >>
> >> available OTC in most countries, yet it rivals the effectiveness of
> >> currently leading Alzheimer medications such as Tacrine. It also has a
> dual
> >> mode of action that does not only involve acetylcholinesterase
> inhibition,
> >> but also modulation of the NMDA receptor. The implications of this for
> the
> >> treatment of Alzheimer's are still a rather hot topic.
> >>
> >> The integration of knowledge from traditional medicine, plant
> >> taxonomy/phylogeny/biochemistry and receptor binding databases (PDSP Ki
> >> database, IUPHAR) could lead to the identification of some extremely
> novel
> >> therapeutic strategies. Finding candidate molecules in such a way might
> be
> >> much more effective than weeding through libraries of compounds
> generated by
> >>
> >> combinatorial synthesis etc. The challenge lies in the integration of
> some
> >> very heterogenous datasets that come from vastly different disciplines,
> >> which is exactly the field of research where Semantic Web technologies
> are
> >> most effective.
> >>
> >> I guess the major problem for this kind of research is that there are no
> >> funding programmes that span China, the US and Asia...
> >>
> >> Cheers,
> >> Matthias Samwald
> >>
> >> DERI Galway, Ireland // Semantic Web Company, Austria
> >> http://www.deri.ie/
> >> http://www.semantic-web.at/
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
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