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Re: When does a document acquire (web) semantics?

From: Rakesh Biswas <rakesh7biswas@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2010 21:30:45 +0530
Message-ID: <4d785e271002020800hf286b77jcb59516ab5eeaf44@mail.gmail.com>
To: Mark Wilkinson <markw@illuminae.com>
Cc: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>, Peter Ansell <ansell.peter@gmail.com>, Jim McCusker <mccusker@gmail.com>, John Madden <john.madden@duke.edu>, w3c semweb HCLS <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>, Oliver Ruebenacker <curoli@gmail.com>
Agree with Mark.

Only how I wish there was ONE physicians' ontology.

Added problem is it changes rapidly with time.
On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 9:07 PM, Mark Wilkinson <markw@illuminae.com> wrote:

> On Mon, 01 Feb 2010 15:08:38 -0800, Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> Peter, I agree with 99% of what you said but this bit bothers me a bit:
>> People regularly misinterpret medical documents currently by examining
>>> them without the proper medical training. Adding superclasses etc or
>>> deleting elements as they feel necessary is just formalising the
>>> process where normal people interpret advice given by medically
>>> trained people.
>> Surely the point of what we do (or maybe just should do) with online
>> data is to minimise the risk of misinterpretation?
> It's a bit presumptuous to say that any interpretation is the only one, and
> that other interpretations are 'mis-'.
> Besides, I think the discussion is a bit moot.  The Web has taught us
> (repeatedly!) that trying to dictate what people do with information is a
> waste of time.  If we're going to give patients access to their data (and I
> think we should, and I suspect it will soon be the case that we have no
> choice anyway), then IMO the best we can do is provide them OUR (their
> physician's) ontology for interpreting that data.  This means that the trust
> relationship between patient and physician is critical to guide the patient
> to prefer their physician's interpretation vs that of some other quack with
> their wacky ontology.
> I don't see that we have any greater control over the situation than that.
> M
> --
> Mark D Wilkinson, PI Bioinformatics
> Assistant Professor, Medical Genetics
> The James Hogg iCAPTURE Centre for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research
> Providence Heart + Lung Institute
> University of British Columbia - St. Paul's Hospital
> Vancouver, BC, Canada
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