HCLSIG BioRDF Subgroup/Meetings/2006-05-22 Conference Call

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Conference Details

  • Date of Call: Monday May 22, 2006
  • Time of Call: 11:00am Eastern Time
  • Dial-In #: +1.617.761.6200 (Cambridge, MA)
  • Participant Access Code: 246733 ("BIORDF")
  • IRC Channel: irc.w3.org port 6665 channel #BioRDF (see W3C IRC page for details, or see Web IRC)
  • Duration: ~1 hour
  • Convener: Susie Stephens
  • Scribe: Davide Zaccagnini


  1. Community outreach
  2. Content and frequency of future calls
  3. Streamlining the Wiki and documenting our work
  4. Disease focus for selecting data sub-sets
  5. Proposal for standard NCBI Database URI
  6. Vocabulary/ontology needs & interaction with BIONT
  7. AOB


Susie Stephens, Davide Zaccagnini, Kei Cheung, John Barkley, Karen Skinner, Scott Marshall, Alan Ruttenberg

Apologies: Ora Lassila

  • Susie: community outreach, trying to increase number of participants in the group, both on the ‘bed’ and ‘bench’ sides and to provide more data sources.
  • Key: Gordon Sheppard, head of Senselab, might be interested in joining us and give ideas on how to reach other people.
  • Karen: Gordon Sheppard is a prominent figure in neurosciences.
  • Alan: came across uBio , interesting project
  • Susie: we should get in touch with them
  • Alan: will try
  • Susie: we should reach out to people from pharma. Pfezier, Novartis and Elillilly can be contacted. Since NLP is now part of the BIORDF scientific publishers should be contacted
  • Davide: Elsevier can be contacted, John Wilbanks of NeuroCommons is interested but not working on tasks, Tim Clark has interest in NLP to be defined. I’ll get in touch with them
  • Susie: frequency of BIORDF calls?
  • Davide: are technical discussions to be held in the general BIORDF call? If so biweekly is good
  • Scott: would prefer biweekly.
  • Alan: the Google calendar can help
  • Others: concern about spam
  • Alan: will look into these concerns and issues
  • Susie: please update the wiki on vocabulary needs as Olivier is going to present the topic during next call. Any other topic to be addressed?
  • Davide: we should start thinking how the different tasks are integrated
  • Susie: before that let’s have the tasks rolling and then we can connect
  • Unknown: the connection between databases and vocabulary is crucial
  • Alan: agrees, is creating small customized ontologies for antibody methods and using Wikipedia URIs. URIs can be used just as databases primary keys only for creating joints between databases without pointing to RDF
  • Scott: LSID can be used ……(dropped)
  • John: URIs identify concepts, when a property links two URI that are not concept you cannot use object type property
  • Alan: I define OWL concepts as NCBI entries
  • Davide: we should all agree on this NCBI driven representation
  • Scott: we could also insert coordinates in the URIs for single database cells, rows and clumns
  • John: if we link URI to NCBI data we should use data-type properties
  • Susie: URI are relevant and interesting for all of us, let’s put it as a topic in the next call. To be scheduled via email.