Participation on the journey…

We need you. And your opinions. You could help the Concept Web Alliance enormously by giving us feedback on the questions below (even if not on all of them), and by passing these questions on to as many colleagues and contacts as possible. Please do. The address for feedback is info@conceptweballiance.org

These are the questions:

Is the CWA useful to you/your organization?

Would you/your organization sign up to the declaration?

Would you/your organization become a member of CWA?

What needs to be in place for you/your organization to commit?

Would you/your organization help us develop the Alliance?

Would you/your organization participate in one of the CWA working groups*?

Where are the low hanging fruits?

Who should we partner with?

How would you/your organization like to participate further?

Would you/your organization sponsor an event?

*Working Groups:

1. Technical – identity, provenance, federation, discrimination, triple boundaries…
2. Services – distribution, directory, warehouse, citation tracking…
3. Content – capture, quality, packaging (walled gardens vs jungles), mixed licensing on triples, negotiation to content…
4. Operation practice – incentive models, micro-attribution, distribution, legal, claims arbitration, penalty models, policy, triple licenses…

Please cut and paste this post and send it in an email to your colleagues and contacts, or alternatively, forward them this url: https://conceptweblog.wordpress.com/2009/05/08/participation-on-the-journey%E2%80%A6/

Thank you so much!

Jan Velterop

PS. Please look at the Declaration as well (separate tab)!

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2 Responses to Participation on the journey…

  1. Hi, I think this initiative is very timely.

    Some responses to the questions:

    Is the CWA useful to you/your organization?

    The utilisation of semantic web technologies in the life science domain calls for joint efforts to build sharable OWL, RDF, and adoption of common standards. These are objectives that we strive for and a community effort will be essential to move forward.

    Would you/your organization sign up to the declaration?
    Yes, we would

    Would you/your organization become a member of CWA?
    We would be glad to do that.

    What needs to be in place for you/your organization to commit?
    Not much beyond a common wish to develop knowledge resources that can be shared, as a lot of foundational work still needs to be done.

    Would you/your organization help us develop the Alliance?
    Yes.

    Would you/your organization participate in one of the CWA working groups*?
    Yes, 1 & 3

    Where are the low hanging fruits?
    Everywhere :-), a lot depends on productively teaming up with wet-lab biologists groups

    Who should we partner with?
    ELIXIR

    How would you/your organization like to participate further?
    We are developing the concept of semantic systems biology, providing portal access to knowledge from databases and literature through our semantic knowledge bases BioGateway and Cell Cycle Ontology.

    Would you/your organization sponsor an event?
    If we can find grant money for it 🙂

  2. Happy to add my name to the declaration.

    I’m working with Mark Musen as a driving biological project at the NCBO and we’re currently staring at a lot (billions) of triples that we’d like to create, linking genes to expression in tissues and under certain conditions. I am also one of the PIs at the Rat Genome Database and I’d love to get our data into RDF and out to the world that way.

    Trying to get up to speed on RDF and identify the ‘correct’ (recommended, most common…?) URIs to use for standard concepts like affy probesets, PubMed IDs, ontology terms in the bioportal, etc., is harder than I would have hoped. The Bio2RDF URIs look like the easiest but will these be widely used by others such that our triples connect up? This is one area that some leadership from a group like the CWA might be really handy – capitalize on the buzz from the launch to get people going and pointed in the same direction.

    It would be great if the CWA could collect some of the best learning resources for people getting into this area and put them in a sensible order so semantic newbies like us can follow a recommended path towards getting the education needed to get going. The resources page on the blog is a good start but if you could categorize and maybe have a few tracks for different levels of people that would help everyone get up to speed and to the point where they could contribute.

    Here’s some thoughts related to the questions you ask:

    Is the CWA useful to you/your organization?
    Yes – this type of initiative needs something/someone to herd the cats!

    Would you/your organization sign up to the declaration?
    Sign me up, not sure about the organization.

    Would you/your organization become a member of CWA?
    I’m sure I would but not sure what this means.

    What needs to be in place for you/your organization to commit?
    Need to know what being a member means

    Would you/your organization help us develop the Alliance?
    I am happy to help if I can.

    Would you/your organization participate in one of the CWA working groups*?
    Yes, love to get involved, still learning the area but that may be a good perspective to provide as more people are like me, or know even less.

    Where are the low hanging fruits?
    The data already in databases like RGD (Rat Genome Database) that could be turned into RDF quite easily with guidance or some effort creating RDFizers (like the bio2rdf folks have done).

    Who should we partner with?
    Groups that can quickly help put together a useful proof of concept system that demonstrates the value of this area, gets people excited and grows participation.

    How would you/your organization like to participate further?
    Need help defining decent RDF – data modeling in RDF and doing it in a way that is consistent across the web seems to be a key point here and without guidance people will roll their own and the potential connectivity will drop. Some help surmounting the technical hurdles selecting and using a triple store and getting something useful up and running would be great. We’re playing with Virtuoso but it would be great to have a cookbook approach to getting something up and running so people could see some level of productivity quickly. Fast results always encourage people to continue on.

    Would you/your organization sponsor an event?
    Not sure, probably not at this point.

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