SWAT4LS2009 – Barend Mons: The meta-analysed semantic web, getting rid of ambiguity and redundancy

Introducing Concept Wiki – a semantic wiki and insulting his audience repeatedly.

Problems with getting the community to do annotation:

  • everybody wants structured data, but nobody wants to do structured data entry. Not working.
  • Everybody likes free text and cut and paste.

Now shows suggestion of ontology terms in authoring tools for introduction of structure in unstructured data.

Now talking about redundancy? Is it a problem? His point:

  • no reviewer would accept the exact same paper twice let alone several times
  • But same assertions are published over and over

    Mentions deposit of ChemSpider Content into concept wiki.

  • Oh dear – hopeless confusion between names, people, identifiers etc…..they are all “concepts” according to Barend Mons.
  • The “essence of a nanopublication” is an annotated triple…i.e an assertion together with metadata about it (provenance, time etc…)
  • Now points out that human language grammer is kind of similar to triples….subject predicate object…
  • An assertion should only be accepted if it has value and advances human knowledge. The mind boggles….who decides what is interesting when….
  • Triples vs “smart triples” apparently “smart triples” are curated/observed/hypothetical

Now shows some screenshots of use cases.

One Response to SWAT4LS2009 – Barend Mons: The meta-analysed semantic web, getting rid of ambiguity and redundancy

  1. Pingback: Semantic Web Applications and Tools for the Life Sciences (SWAT4LS) 2009 in Amsterdam « O'Really?

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