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RE: Evidence of Significance of Semantic Web for Life Sciences

From: Michael Miller <Michael.Miller@systemsbiology.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 08:15:42 -0800
Message-ID: <69933b4b7f50ad2567a77489ef63f949@mail.gmail.com>
To: Oliver Ruebenacker <curoli@gmail.com>
Cc: public-semweb-lifesci <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>, "Andrea Splendiani (RRes-Roth)" <andrea.splendiani@rothamsted.ac.uk>, "Waard, Anita de A (ELS-NYC)" <A.dewaard@elsevier.com>
hi all,

indeed an interesting question, some great replies.  most of the companies
i've seen making use of semantic technologies aren't necessarily focused
on life sciences, they are more generally focused on business
intelligence.  but their technologies can also provide benefits to life
sciences as they mature.

> Does anybody knows if such a list exists ?

take a look at SEMTECH sponsors[1]!  oracle and topquadrant i know have
built strong support and applications.  elsevier and deri were sponsors
also.

cheers,
michael

Michael Miller
Software Engineer
Institute for Systems Biology

[1]: http://semtech2011.semanticweb.com/


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrea Splendiani (RRes-Roth)
> [mailto:andrea.splendiani@rothamsted.ac.uk]
> Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2011 7:41 AM
> To: Waard, Anita de A (ELS-NYC)
> Cc: Oliver Ruebenacker; public-semweb-lifesci
> Subject: Re: Evidence of Significance of Semantic Web for Life Sciences
>
> Hi,
>
> It would be interesting to setup a list of companies which makes a
> mission-critical use of semantic-web technologies.
> This could start to be some good evidence on the impact of these
> technologies.
> Does anybody knows if such a list exists ?
> STI people have a list of Semantic Web companies, but I was thinking
> about something smaller and more focused.
>
> best,
> Andrea
>
> Il giorno 22/dic/2011, alle ore 15.25, Waard, Anita de A (ELS-NYC) ha
> scritto:
>
> > Oliver,
> >
> > Elsevier uses semantic technologies (i.e. OWL ontologies, a Linked
> Data Repository, metadata in RDF) throughout all of our content
> management, search and annotation systems. If OWL/RDF were to evaporate
> tomorrow, our products (including the Cell and other cell biology
> publications) wouldn't work - it's as simple as that. Is that enough
> evidence? Let me know if you need something more formal.
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > - Anita.
> >
> > Anita de Waard
> > Disruptive Technologies Director, Elsevier Labs
> > http://elsatglabs.com/labs/anita/
> > a.dewaard@elsevier.com
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Andrea Splendiani (RRes-Roth)
> [mailto:andrea.splendiani@rothamsted.ac.uk]
> > Sent: Thu 12/22/2011 10:09
> > To: Oliver Ruebenacker
> > Cc: public-semweb-lifesci
> > Subject: Re: Evidence of Significance of Semantic Web for Life
> Sciences
> >
> > Hi Oliver,
> >
> > I think it's hard to find this form of "breakthrough evidence" and
> this may even be counterproductive to convince people.
> > If you present a high-level, breakthrough result (say, we save
> lives), than you leave two open questions:
> > - how much of this is dependent on the computational support ?
> > - ok, they used semantic web technologies, could we use something
> else ?
> >
> > Another way to go would be to measure results over resources
> (benefits is economic) or adoption (benefit is potential for economies
> of scale).
> > There is a wide range of sources to cite about this out of the
> biomedical world, from companies to governments.
> >
> > Look for "Biomedical Semantics in the Semantic Web" in JBS, we write
> something about adoption, you may find some link/inspiration there.
> >
> > ciao,
> > Andrea
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Il giorno 21/dic/2011, alle ore 16.39, Oliver Ruebenacker ha scritto:
> >
> >>    Hello,
> >>
> >> I am looking for evidence I can quote to convince non-experts of the
> >> significance of applying Semantic Web to biomedical research,
> >> especially computational cell biology.
> >>
> >> I need a recorded public statement from a source recognizable as
> >> authoritative to a non-expert: e.g. could be from a relevant
> >> government agency, a well-known research institution (including
> major
> >> grad schools and companies), a well-known (i.e. well-known outside
> the
> >> field) expert, some one where a brief look at the biography
> >> immediately suggests he or she is an authority, some one quoted in
> >> major media, etc.
> >>
> >> Significance could mean abstract things like advancing science and
> >> health care, but even better would be tangible things like: saves
> >> lives, saves money, cures cancer/malaria/AIDS, creates jobs, etc.
> >>
> >> Thanks a lot!
> >>
> >>    Take care
> >>    Oliver
> >>
> >> --
> >> Oliver Ruebenacker, Computational Cell Biologist
> >> Virtual Cell (http://vcell.org)
> >> SBPAX: Turning Bio Knowledge into Math Models (http://www.sbpax.org)
> >> http://www.oliver.curiousworld.org
> >>
> >
> >
> >
> > Elsevier B.V. Registered Office: Radarweg 29, 1043 NX Amsterdam, The
> Netherlands, Registration No. 33156677 (The Netherlands)
> >
>
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