… Or Making Dave Iberson-Hurst Ontologically Aware!
Triples, RDF, Owl, Ontology, Linked Data, Semantic Web. I’ll stop because I think I have just exhausted my knowledge of the semantic web; I am not even sure that I have the right title for this Blog. What I do know is that the topic of the “semantic web” is important. As part of volunteering on the CDISC SHARE project and building the metadata repository, we will need to be aware of what this could bring and build in the necessary hooks to do so, may be not for the first release, but certainly at some time in the future.
But the challenge is to understand it and get to grips with it. And so it is very fortunate that I have met someone who knows about these things and is prepared to try and make me “ontologically aware.” Kerstin Forsberg is someone I have met a few times now through various projects. Kerstin works for AstraZeneca in Goteborg and has considerable experience in the field and she has very kindly agreed to educate the dumb Englishman in this important field and we both felt that it would be useful to invite you along for the journey.
I like to keep things simple so I thought I would pose a few questions that Kerstin can try and answer and explain the various issues, technologies and other aspects. I will document the answers over a few blog posts and share them so that everyone can benefit.
So the questions
- What is the semantic web and linked data?
- What is an ontology?
- Where do RDF and OWL fit?
- What could these things, if they are relevant , bring to a metadata repository?
- What do they mean to clinical trial data, what is the benefit, what is in it for me?
- What can other industries teach us?
Finally, I would like to thank Kerstin for helping the ontologically challenged people like myself.