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Publication Citation: Semantic Web for Chemical Genomics: Need, How To, And Hurdles

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Author(s): Talapady N. Bhat;
Title: Semantic Web for Chemical Genomics: Need, How To, And Hurdles
Published: July 19, 2006
Abstract: Semantic Web has been often suggested as the information technology solution to the growing problem in managing the millions of data points generated by modern science such as nanotechnology and high through-put screening for drugs. However, the progress towards this vision envisaged by the W3C has been very limited. Here we discuss some of the obstacles to the realization of this vision and we make some suggestions as to how one may overcome some of these hurdles? Two of the major reasons for this slow progress are the sheer complexity of the problem in implementing semantic Web and the lack of clear definitions and examples that illustrate a successful implementation of the Semantic Web. A third major reason for the slow progress is the anticipated large quantum jump to be made by database providers to build the Semantic Web using RDF or Prot g . Here we discuss some of these issues and present thoughts on an alternative method to Semantic Web that is less drastic in requirements. This method does not require the use of RDF and Protege, and it works in an environment currently used by the chemical and biological database providers. In our method one attempts to use as many components as possible from the tools already used by the database providers and one brings in far fewer new tools and techniques compared to the method that use RDF or Prot g . Our method uses a standard database environment and web tools rather than the RDF and Prot g to manage user interface and the data is held in a database rather than using RDF. This method shifts the task of building Semantic knowledge-base and ontology from RDF and Prot g to a SQL based database environment.
Conference: 10th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics / 12th International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis
Proceedings: WMSCI 2006: 10th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Volume VII, Proceedings 1-6
Location: Orlando, FL
Dates: July 16-19, 2006
Research Areas: Scientific Computing