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ontologies for BioRDF and LODD datasets

From: François Scharffe <francois.scharffe@inria.fr>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 13:44:31 +0200
Message-ID: <4BD0369F.6070709@inria.fr>
To: public-semweb-lifesci hcls <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>

I've recently played around with BioRDF and LODD datasets. I must say 
I'm impressed by the number of datasets available. It's good to see how 
the linked data can lead to interesting queries allowing to discover new 
information. I particularly like the TCM examples [1].

I have a concern regarding the vocabularies used to published datasets.
On one side it seems there are plenty of biomedical ontologies like the 
ones on the bioportal, but on the other side there are many datasets 
that each use its own native schema without referring to these ontologies.
Is there for example a reason why 'drugs' concepts in Dailymed and 
Drugbank are different ? Why not reusing an existing ontology describing 
drugs ? Is there actually a set of datasets reusing the same ontology/ies ?

I'm actually working on ontology alignment so I'd be glad to help in the 
aligning task. I must however admit that I'm not very knowledgeable in 
the biomediacal domain.


[1] http://code.google.com/p/junsbriefcase/wiki/RDFTCMData
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