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Re: 'Gene WIki' announced

From: Maged N.K. Boulos <mnkboulos@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 07:35:57 +0100
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Hi All,

here is a link to a recent paper we published with Kei about the 3D
component he is describing below; I hope it can give readers a more detailed
view about the potential of these technologies:
Kamel Boulos MN, Scotch M, Cheung K-H, Burden D. *Web GIS in practice VI: a
demo "playlist" of geo-mashups for public health neogeographers*.
Journal of Health
*. 2008;7:38

You can find more pointers at: http://healthcybermap.org/sl.htm

Best wishes,

--*Maged N Kamel Boulos*, MBBCh, MSc (Derm), MSc (Med Inform), PhD, FRGS,
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On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 4:33 AM, Kei Cheung <kei.cheung@yale.edu> wrote:

> Hi Steve, Suzanna et al,
> It sounds like "wikinomics" is becoming real. If more biological/clinical
> data (including high-throughput data) are made available through semantic
> wiki, community-based data collection, annotation, and integration can be
> more facilitated via collaborative ontologies.
> I'm exploring the idea of creating "Wiki Neuron" based on my past
> activities in the HCLSIG. I've recently added a description of this idea
> called "Visual Web Meets Semantic Web" to the list of HCSLIG project ideas (
> http://esw.w3.org/topic/HCLSIG/Project_Ideas/). Neurons are the one of the
> fundamental life science entities that neuroscientists are studying. Diverse
> types of information/experimental data (e.g., physiological measurements,
> computational models, images, etc) have been collected on neurons (for both
> human and model organisms). Such neuronal information can be mashed up with
> other types of data (e.g., genes, SNPs, proteins, pathways, diseases,
> chemical drugs, etc). Therefore it would be meaningful and important to link
> Wiki Neuron to other bio-Wikis. Yes, URI's are key to establishing such
> links.
> Also included in my project proposal is 3D Web/Virtual Web. Like 3D protein
> structures that can be displayed on wiki pages of proteopedia, 3D electron
> images of neuron cells or 3D animation of neuron models can be displayed via
> Wiki Neuron. 3D virtual world can help simulate a virtual organization or
> community where scientists (avatars) can interact with each other.
> I wonder if people are interested in such an idea of a collaborative
> project.
> Best,
> -Kei
> Steve Chervitz wrote:
> On Wed, 13 Aug 2008 11:14:36 -0700, Suzanna Lewis <suzi@berkeleybop.org>
>> wrote:
>> You might take a look at http://www.proteopedia.org/
>>> people can upload their own protein structures as well. its quite
>> nice i think.
>> Cool. It's heartening to see such a resource, given my structural roots (I
>> spent lots of time in grad school analyzing this:
>> http://www.proteopedia.org/wiki/index.php/2lig ).
>> If we are facing the rise of a constellation of biomolecule-specific
>> wikis, as appears to be the case, it will be important to have easy ways to
>> link them together, to enable users (and tools) to traverse from gene <=>
>> protein <=> 3D structure <=> metabolite <=> SNP <=> disease <=> etc. Perhaps
>> this is where the SW will be most useful: to provide some guidelines for
>> creating such resources so that inter-domain wiki connections can be easily
>> constructed, navigated, and quality-controlled (removing the wiki-specific
>> aspect to this, it starts sounding a lot like the charter of the HCLS).
>> Seems like much of this comes down to naming. An easily discoverable
>> repository of statements along the lines of "molecule-name A of
>> molecule-type B has a wiki page at molecule-url X" and "molecule-name A of
>> molecule-type B has an associated molecule-type C" would be a good start..
>> The NeuroCommons naming project [1] looks great for doing something like
>> this, but the 'key' part of the URI would be an officially recognized name
>> of the gene, protein, chemical, etc. rather than a repository-specific
>> identifier, and there may be no 'database' component in the
>> molecule-type-name URIs, e.g., http://purl.org/molecule/type/key or
>> perhaps it would be replaced by organism name (since things like gene
>> symbols can be organism specific),
>> http://purl.org/molecule/type/organism/key . Has this type of usage been
>> envisioned? Does it seem reasonable?
>> Steve
>> [1] http://neurocommons.org/page/Common_Naming_Project
>> On Aug 12, 2008, at 5:08 PM, Steve Chervitz wrote:
>>>> On Thu, 10 Jul 2008 11:15:11 -0500, Bryan Bishop
>>>> <kanzure@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On Thursday 10 July 2008, Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org> wrote:
>>>>>> From a quick skim I don't see mention of W3C, RDF, Semantic Web etc
>>>>>> --- I was wondering if anyone here was involved and had contacts,
>>>>>> since there's doubtless some overlap in interests and approach. In
>>>>>> particular I was thinking that the Semantic MediaWiki extensions
>>>>>> (http://semantic-mediawiki.org/wiki/Semantic_MediaWiki)
>>>>> <http://semantic-mediawiki.org/wiki/Semantic_MediaWiki%29> might be
>>>  useful in bridging this work to other datasets.
>>>>>> thinking out loud,
>>>>> Very interesting, especially considering the already existing protein
>>>>> database wiki. http://pdbwiki.org/index.php/Main_Page Clearly there
>>>>> are
>>>>> differences between a protein wiki and a gene wiki, but I'm pretty
>>>> s ure
>>>  PDBWiki was not inquiried about this development. Hrm.
>>>> Adding to this mix is a wiki for chemical compounds that is
>>>> constructed by merging Wikipedia content with PubChem data. There is
>>>> no Semantic Web in it, but it represents a neat approach that
>>>> creates a domain-specific window into Wikipedia content in an
>>>> automated fashion. It was created by Rich Apodaca described on his
>>>> blog here:
>> http://depth-first.com/articles/2008/05/21/building-chempedia-social-networki
>>> ng-applied-to-chemistry
>> http://depth-first.com/articles/2008/07/02/building-chempedia-learning-about-
>>> contributors
>>>> It inspired me to want to do something analogous for genes
>>>> (Wikipedia + Entrez Gene, perhaps), and I registered genepedia.org
>>>> for this purpose, but haven't done anything with it yet. Seems like
>>>> there is a lot of interest in gene-oriented wikis out there. Anyone
>>>> interested in collaborating on such a project, let me know.
>>>> Steve
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