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Re: Evidence of Significance of Semantic Web for Life Sciences

From: David Wild <djwild@indiana.edu>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 08:48:57 -0500
Message-ID: <CANbBT=hc5CRW4Onp8QjoxJWZqyCf83J6-pGj3dXPyfbpH2s0ow@mail.gmail.com>
To: Amrapali J Zaveri <amrapali.j.zaveri@gmail.com>
Cc: Michael Miller <Michael.Miller@systemsbiology.org>, Joanne Luciano <jluciano@gmail.com>, Oliver Ruebenacker <curoli@gmail.com>, public-semweb-lifesci <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>, "\"eScience\"" <TW-ESCIENCE-L@lists.rpi.edu>, tw-hcls@cs.rpi.edu
Thanks to Amit and Amrapali for circulating the article

The impression I get is that at least the pharma industry is at a positive
tipping point with SW. Previously, there was a lot of skepticism that SW
could actually be useful. However, it's now quite straightforward, using
tools like TopBraid, to answer questions with the data that would have been
difficult or impossible without SW technologies (basically RDF/SPARQL
searching with a nice interface), and it only takes one "quick win" to
convince people of the utility. Unfortunately these quick wins don't
usually get published, but I think there is now a mounting body of
published work pointing to the effectiveness of SW in the life sciences in
general (as referenced in our paper)

I'm hopeful that this will open the door for some of the more advanced
representations and algorithms that are coming out of academic groups.

Regarding computational biology, I think it depends on the particular area
of research but in general I have found computational biologists open to SW
methods as a "means to an end".

David
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On Sun, Jan 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM, Amrapali J Zaveri <
amrapali.j.zaveri@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Oliver,
>
> Recently, Amit P. Sheth sent around the attached article that also will
> help you use as evidence.
>
> Regards,
> Amrapali J Zaveri
> http://aksw.org/AmrapaliZaveri
>
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 23, 2011 at 4:25 PM, Michael Miller <
> Michael.Miller@systemsbiology.org> wrote:
>
>> hi joanne,
>>
>> interesting article.  but do they use RDF?  i don't have a subscription so
>> couldn't read more than the abstract but my impression was that they used
>> a general network model, not an RDF graph.
>>
>> cheers,
>> michael
>>
>> Michael Miller
>> Software Engineer
>> Institute for Systems Biology
>>
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: Joanne Luciano [mailto:jluciano@gmail.com]
>> > Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2011 7:23 PM
>> > To: Oliver Ruebenacker
>> > Cc: public-semweb-lifesci; "eScience"; tw-hcls@cs.rpi.edu
>> > Subject: Re: Evidence of Significance of Semantic Web for Life Sciences
>> >
>> > This if interest in science news:
>> > http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/337088/title/Network_analysi
>> > s_predicts_drug_side_effects
>> >
>> > Sent from my iPad 2
>> >
>> > On Dec 21, 2011, at 11:39, Oliver Ruebenacker <curoli@gmail.com> wrote:
>> >
>> > >     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
>> > >
>>
>>
>
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