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Re: BioSamples type for review

From: Gray, Alasdair J G <A.J.G.Gray@hw.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:13:32 +0000
To: "frans@semantoya.nl" <frans@semantoya.nl>
CC: Chris Mungall <cjmungall@lbl.gov>, Matt Styles <Matt.Styles@nottingham.ac.uk>, "public-bioschemas@w3.org" <public-bioschemas@w3.org>
Message-ID: <9AC1E540-69CC-4ED8-BA4F-56B8105A15D5@hw.ac.uk>
Dear Frans

On 7 Jun 2019, at 16:03, frans@semantoya.nl<mailto:frans@semantoya.nl> wrote:

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the meeting at Schiphol due to consultation obligations,  though I would have liked to meet this highly appreciated community. Also due to oher professional obligations a somewhat delayed response. Sorry for that.
Because nobody will know me,  please allow me to give a brief introduction. I’m  a clinical chemist and working at the department of clinical chemistry in one of the major medical laboratories in the NL. As a domain expert in medical diagnostics I’ve a special interest in the utilization of the Semantic Web technology to capture knowledge with (the digital knowledge twin). I understand the conceptual part of the technology, but frankly depend on others for the technical part.

Welcome to the community and thanks for the introduction.

Currentily I’m working on the preparations of a project (supported by my professional society) of which is the main goal to allow domain experts to construct high quality ontologies to harvest datasets 0f daily importance in an unambiguous and traceable manner.  Examples are the stability of biomarkers in matrices under different storage conditions, interferences of tests and reference values of biomarkers in given populations.  Such ontologies require a collaborative expertise of the domain experts. To avoid just another silo we want to explore the possibilities to reuse already existing definitions, taxonomies and ontologies.  Also we want to make a functional bridge between the medical laboratory professional and bio-informatics because the powerful concept of semantic web technology hasn’t penetrated our daily medical life community yet .

The concept of bioschema  fits in  this exploration how to collaborate and come up with some practical utilizations. Is there somebody with whom I can discuss these issues in more detail?

This sounds like an interesting goal. The challenge here would be to understand the discovery use case versus the full modelling of the data. Bioschemas is focused on supporting the discovery of data. It is not aiming to develop an ontology to completely model the domain.

There are other members of the community who better placed to discuss your use case than I. I will follow up in a direct email connecting you.

Best regards


That would be great!

Alasdair J G Gray
Associate Professor in Computer Science,
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.

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