Semantic Web for Life Sciences

May 9th, 2005 by John Wilbanks

The W3C has just posted the “BioDASH” demonstration on its site. BioDASH is a Semantic Web prototype of a Drug Development Dashboard that associates disease, compounds, drug progression stages, molecular biology, and pathway knowledge for a team of users – I was lucky enough to be (a very small) part of the group that put it together, but Eric Neumann of Sanofi-Aventis and Dennis Quan of IBM really drove this forward.

What interests me the most about BioDASH is that it begins to demonstrate the fundamental power of bringing together lots of different knowledge from lots of different places. The sheer scientific power you get from that aggregation of knowledge is amazing. Let’s hope intellectual property policy doesn’t stifle this type of approach to managing the scientific enterprise.

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