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Re: HPO and Gene Ontology Licenses

From: Phillip Lord <phillip.lord@newcastle.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2012 12:44:00 +0100
To: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
Cc: Michel Dumontier <michel.dumontier@gmail.com>, Peter Ansell <ansell.peter@gmail.com>, "Robinson\, Peter" <peter.robinson@charite.de>, Chris Mungall <cjmungall@lbl.gov>, HCLS <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>, bio2rdf <bio2rdf@googlegroups.com>
Message-ID: <87393vdla7.fsf@newcastle.ac.uk>
Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com> writes:

>> As you know, we and others have demonstrated that alternative
>> representations and reformulation of knowledge is desirable for certain
>> kinds of scientific inquiry.
> Sorry, I'm unaware of such demonstration. Could you cite some references?


A few examples of where multiple representations of the same knowledge
have been used for good reasons:

 - multiple syntaxes for RDF
 - multiple syntaxes for OWL
 - two APIs for XML (DOM and SAX). 
 - multiple computer languages which are reducable to lambda calculus
 - lambda calculus and a Turing Machine
 - continued use of Newtonian mechanics, although its an approximation
   of relativistic mechanics
 - multiple statisical techniques for expression of central tendancy
 - PDFs are still better for reading in the bath than HTML

And so on. Any model is a compromise between accuracy, usability,
convenience and so on. Sometimes having more than one compromise is a
better solution than trying to shoe-horn everything into one bucket.
This is a compromise too. 

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