Friday, March 30, 2007

Reasoning with Ontologies

"Science evolved into a hydra who's heads are autonomous and quite ignorant about what happens in most other heads." (in Fuzzy Logic and the Semantic Web).

Semantic Web envisions the possibility of having computers make decisions about relevant data and retrieve knowledge in a human-like style. But this is no easy challenge, particularly in fields of knowledge that are driven by empirically closing the gaps of incomplete knowledge. To make Semantic Web usefull in this fields, particularly in Biology where domains of knowledge have become almost as numerous as the researchers invovled in it, rules of inference will only ever make any logical sense if they are built and designed by the the researchers who retrieve and know the data.