Changes between Version 26 and Version 27 of ImplementationBootcamp

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2010/02/11 21:09:11 (13 years ago)
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    46 MDW:  As an aside, the idea of content-negotiation has been extensively discussed within the Semantic Web for Healthcare and Life Science community, and it was not widely welcomed.  The point of the Semantic Web is that things should be ''explicit'', so there is some preference given to explicitly indicating (in your RDF metadata) that any given URI is going to return one syntax or another.   
     46MDW:  As an aside, the idea of content-negotiation has been extensively discussed within the Semantic Web for Healthcare and Life Science community, and it was not widely welcomed.  The point of the Semantic Web is that things should be ''explicit'', so there is some preference given to explicitly indicating (in your RDF metadata) that any given URI is going to return one syntax or another.  (though I have to agree, I am quite a fan of content-negotiation, given that this is exactly the problem that it was designed to solve!!  :-) ) 
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    4848MDW:  Going back as far as 2004, when the LSID specification was being finalized, this issue was a top-priority, so there is a sub-commmunity of bioinformatics data providers who have thought about this problem for many many years! :-)  This has led to a variety of "shared names" proposals, including the Science Commons, Semantic Science, LSRN, and others.  In SADI (and now LSRN, since my lab has taken-over the LSRN project in the past 2 months) we have decided to work with the Semantic Science shared-names proposal from Michel Dumontier.  He has developed an ontology (I will provide a link to this as soon as Michel decides that the ontology is "final"... within days!!).  The ontology defines how a URI should "behave" during resolution, depending on the kind of "thing" that the URI represents - e.g. a biological/physical entity, a database record, or a particular ''representation'' of a database record in html, xml, rdf, etc.  Within the SADI project, we will be writing all of our support code to make compliance with the Semantic Science ontology as automatic as possible.  We are also in the process of doing the same for URIs resolved through the LSRN resolution system... so if you use SADI or LSRN, you should get compliance with this ontology "for free" within the next week or two!  ''In My Opinion This Is One Of The Most Important Issues We Have Addressed At This Hackathon!!''  The Semantic Web works SO much better if we are careful to pay attention to what our URIs REPRESENT: things, records, or representations of records.  It sounds tedious, but we're doing everything we can to shield the data providers from having to think deeply about the problem, and trying to encode the complexity in our respective codebases.