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From Questions to Effective Answers: On the Utility of Knowledge-Driven Querying Systems for Life Sciences Data
Lecture Notes in Computer Science
  • Amir H. Asiaee
  • Prashant Doshi
  • Todd Minning
  • Satya S. Sahoo, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Priti Parikh, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Amit P. Sheth, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Rick L. Tarleton
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Publication Date
7-1-2013
Abstract

We compare two distinct approaches for querying data in the context of the life sciences. The first approach utilizes conventional databases to store the data and provides intuitive form-based interfaces to facilitate querying of the data, commonly used by the life science researchers that we study. The second approach utilizes a large OWL ontology and the same datasets associated as RDF instances of the ontology. Both approaches are being used in parallel by a team of cell biologists in their daily research activities, with the objective of gradually replacing the conventional approach with the knowledge-driven one. We describe several benefits of the knowledge-driven approach in comparison to the traditional one, and highlight a few limitations. We believe that our analysis not only explicitly highlights the benefits and limitations of semantic Web technologies in the context of life sciences but also contributes toward effective ways of translating a question in a researcher's mind into precise queries with the intent of obtaining effective answers.

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Presented at the 9th International Conference on Data Integration in the Life Sciences, Montreal, Canada, July 11-12, 2013.

Attached is the unpublished, author's version of this proceeding. The final, publisher's version can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39437-9_3.

DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-39437-9_3
Citation Information
Amir H. Asiaee, Prashant Doshi, Todd Minning, Satya S. Sahoo, et al.. "From Questions to Effective Answers: On the Utility of Knowledge-Driven Querying Systems for Life Sciences Data" Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 7970 (2013) p. 38 - 45 ISSN: 9783642394362
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/priti_parikh/17/