|From:||Alexander Garcia Castro <alexgarciac@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Wed, 16 Mar 2011 15:43:32 -0500|
>From both workshops the most important issue, IMHO, was related to the idea of a federation of ontology repositories. There was also a heated discussion, particularly at ORES (the ESWC workshop), about BioPortal and how it could support the notion of an OOR. The question was, why having just one technology platform instead of going for a technology independent protocol that could allow anybody to use any technology (BioPortal, Falcons, etc). The idea of just one technology, BioPortal, was not conformable for some of the people attending ORES. There was also a little bit of a misunderstanding about BioPortal; the Bio in BioPortal gives the false impression that it is just for the bio-domain. There is also some confusion about the separation between BioPortal and OOR. The relationship between ontology repositories and ontology editors was also discussed at ORES. |
The discussion at SERES (the ISWC workshop) was also about BioPortal and how it could support the notion of a fully federated set of Open Ontology Repositories. In many ways the round table discussion at SERES was very similar to that at ORES. At SERES the issue of usability of ontologies being served from the ontology repositories (accessing them, version control, etc) was also addressed -albeit tangentially.
The final discussion at both workshops was really interesting -and sometimes heated. I would say that from both workshops it was clear that people would like to be able query several repositories at the same time, retrieve, analyze and determine how useful could the retrieved information be for their particular purposes. SPARQL was discussed as an alternative that could in principle facilitate such cross query-ability. I would, my opinion, also say that people would like to have an integrated environment so that they could query across repositories, retrieve and then manipulate in their desktops. There were more papers at ORES than at the ISWC, actually ORES was the most attended ESWC workshop.
We will try to have another OOR related workshop at the ISWC this year; I hope to be able to start working on this somewhere around next week.
On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 3:15 PM, Todd J Schneider <todd.schneider@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Alexander Garcia, Tel.: +49 421 218 64211
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