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Re: Health Care and Life Sciences SemanticWb on iPhone and iPod touch

From: Kei Cheung <kei.cheung@yale.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 16:30:08 -0500
Message-ID: <4B2BF460.4000405@yale.edu>
To: Kei Cheung <kei.cheung@yale.edu>
CC: Donald Doherty <donald.doherty@actionpotential.com>, HCLS <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
Forgot to cc the list. -Kei

Kei Cheung wrote:

> Hi Don,
>
> Donald Doherty wrote:
>
>> Hi Kei,
>>
>> Great to hear from you and the podcast idea is excellent. I wonder, 
>> is  there any effort to have semantics attached to the podcasts? 
>> That'd be  cool to have triples indicating content.
>
>
> Check out the Neuropod feeds at:
>
> http://feeds.nature.com/nature/podcast/neuropod?format=xml
>
> These feeds (XML format) describe different neuroscience podcasts. One 
> can choose to listen to podcasts relating to dopamine neuron, 
> Alzheimer disesae, etc.
>
> The semantic web and podcasts can make neuroscience "music to our ears".
>
> Have fun!
>
> -Kei
>
>>
>> The main difficulty with making an iPhone app work with multiple  
>> SPARQL endpoints, from my perspective, is due to 1) differing 
>> coverage  and content, 2) differing structures, and 3) differing 
>> URIs. Number 3  is the easiest to deal with.
>>
>> An application that goes straight to the endpoints without using a  
>> server to do translation, aggregation, etc. across endpoints must  
>> either do all of this itself (too much for an iPhone app) or get its  
>> full content  from the endpoint it uses.
>>
>> Detailed PubMed information, for instance, is a very important 
>> feature  to scientists. Only the Bio2RDF endpoints provide details 
>> including  abstracts in RDF. All endpoints seem to have the authors 
>> associated  with a particular paper but a big limitation of every 
>> endpoint is that  it is impossible to reconstruct the order of the 
>> authors. (At least I  haven't found a way.)
>>
>> Don
>>
>> On Dec 17, 2009, at 3:26 PM, Kei Cheung wrote:
>>
>>> Hi Don,
>>>
>>> Donald Doherty wrote:
>>>
>>>> Scott Marshall suggested that people on the HCLS list would have  
>>>> fun with my SemanticWb iPhone and iPod touch app 
>>>> (www.actionpotential.com ).
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Mobile neuroscience sounds an interesting concept. You may also 
>>> want  to use it to play the neuroscience podcasts of interest.
>>>
>>>>
>>>> It's one of many technologies I play around with to test the  
>>>> potential (and current limits) of the Semantic Web and Semantic 
>>>> Web  technologies (for instance, see my site using MIT Simile 
>>>> technology  at www.historicshadyside.org).
>>>>
>>>> Currently SemanticWb is using Bio2RDF endpoints. I'm working to  
>>>> make it possible for the user to select from a number of SPARQL  
>>>> endpoints but it's unfortunately non-trivial.
>>>
>>>
>>> Is it because of the bandwidth issue? I think it'd be nice if it 
>>> can  also access other endpoints like the HCLS KB's. That reminds me 
>>> that  Scott had mentioned to me recently that the HCLS KB endpoint 
>>> at  Berlin could not be accessible. I wonder if it has been fixed yet.
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>>
>>> -Kei
>>>
>>>>
>>>> Enjoy! And I'll be happy to talk about lessons learned.
>>>>
>>>> Donald Doherty, Ph.D.
>>>> donald.doherty@actionpotential.com
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>
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