on January 22, 2010 by Helen Parkinson in Peer Review, Comments (0)

Review of community driven ontology development Authors: Frank Gibson and James Malone

Community Driven Ontology Development

Sweeping statement ‘collaboration and community involvement should be maximised within the life-cycle of an ontology‘ – why? Costs vs. benefits. Mixed skill sets, who should be in the collaboration? What are their profiles and roles within a collaborative development?

Tooling is critical for development of collaborative ontologies, does the tooling work, is not being co-located a confounding factor? Some discussion of the social issues  is needed. Experience with OBI suggests that a workshop where participants are co-located is the quickest way to work towards a shared understanding.

The description of biological research is quite general, does not make the point why biology needs ontologies more than any other evidence based discipline. I think there are valid points to be made about high volume, high complexity data in biological sciences.

However, with the diversity, there is equal homology‘ –  homology is a potentially confusing word given the context.

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