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Re: An Universal Exchange Language

From: Matthias Samwald <samwald@gmx.at>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 23:32:27 +0100
Message-ID: <2459C5063F3A4373BB51C83CA961BF47@zetsu>
To: "Jim McCusker" <james.mccusker@yale.edu>, Matthias Löbe <matthias.loebe@imise.uni-leipzig.de>
Cc: <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
Jim wrote:
"Like it or not, they were probably thinking of HL7 and ISO 21090. We would need to show how semweb solutions are a better solution, or how it is tied too much to healthcare, leaving out life sciences, population science, chemistry, etc. We don't yet have *a* solution for this, we have several. :-) "

Besides the fact that HL7 et al. are already better established in the current healthcare IT infrastructure than RDF/OWL, it does not seem too hard to come up with reasonable arguments in favour of RDF/OWL. I also read other seemingly RDF-friendly pieces of text in that document:

"As mentioned, ONC's CDA is a foundational step in the right direction. However, the thrust of CDA seems 
largely that it be an extensible wrapper that can hold a variety of structured reports or documents, each 
with vocabulary ­controlled metadata. While this shares many features with the universal exchange 
language that we envisage, it lacks many others. In particular, it perpetuates the record­ centric notion 
that data elements should "live" inside documents (albeit metadata tagged). We think that a universal 
exchange language must facilitate the exchange of metadata tagged elements at a more atomic and 
disaggregated level, so that their varied assembly into documents or reports can itself be a robust, 
entrepreneurial marketplace of applications. In a similar vein, we view the semantics of metadata tags 
as an arena in which new players can participate (by "publishing"), not as one limited to a vocabulary 
controlled by the government"

Matthias Samwald

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