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Re: Minutes for Terminology call

From: Matthias Samwald <samwald@gmx.at>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 14:21:51 +0200
Message-ID: <5C8C698B421B46E1B8CCB14759113BEB@zetsu>
To: "Daniel Rubin" <dlrubin@stanford.edu>, "'M. Scott Marshall'" <mscottmarshall@gmail.com>, "'HCLS'" <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
Daniel Rubin wrote:
> Great. Can we get more info about "A-tags"?
> Daniel

Hi Daniel,

Basically, aTags are a simple convention for representing statements 
annotated with entities from taxonomies and ontologies. The convention is 
based on the SIOC standard and linked data principles. Other 
assertion-centric formats (such as SWAN or the nano-publication format 
drafted by the Concept Web Alliance) can easily be mapped to aTags.

A paper describing aTags will soon appear in the Journal of Biomedical 
Semantics. You can get a preview at

An example of a collection of aTags created by manual curation can be found 

A collection of some existing datasets:

A prototypical faceted browser for aggregated aTags (does not work in IE):

The datasets can be queried with SPARQL at:
(the graph names to be used in queries are documented at 

Matthias Samwald

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