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Re: drug side effects

From: Matthias Samwald <samwald@gmx.at>
Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 11:12:37 +0200
Message-ID: <2AB19D45D36B48A2AC438C4FC8ABE65C@ms>
To: "public-semweb-lifesci" <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
Cc: "Holger Stenzhorn" <holger.stenzhorn@deri.org>
The conversion of SIDER to aTags is now available, see

A small excerpt of the aTags:

The aTags re-use URIs from DBpedia, OBO disease ontology and OBO symptom 
ontology. Most statements link a DBpedia URI (a drug) to an OBO URI (a 

As a simple example, the following query shows statements in SIDER that deal 
with some kind of CNS disease:

SELECT ?atag_content ?some_cns_disease
  ?atag sioc:content ?atag_content .
  ?atag sioc:topic ?some_cns_disease .
  ?some_cns_disease rdfs:subClassOf disease_ontology:DOID_331 .

Results: http://tinyurl.com/SIDER-about-CNS

Some of the results look funny, for example, Memantine has 'Alzheimer's' 
listed as a side-effect. However, Memantine is actually used as a treatment 
for Alzheimer's. I have to look into that -- maybe SIDER should just be seen 
as providing associations between drugs and diseases/symptoms, without 
specifying whether they cause or cure the disease? This is also the case 
with the TCM datasets that Jun converted to RDF recently.

Note that the SPARQL endpoint currently only contains a part of the data, 
possibly the Virtuoso Sponger has problems with parsing large RDFa files. 
Also note that others also have recently converted SIDER into RDF as well 
(Anja Jentsch, Peter Ansell).

Matthias Samwald

DERI Galway, Ireland

Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution & Cognition Research, Austria
Received on Friday, 29 May 2009 09:24:47 UTC

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