tol at star.le.ac.uk
Wed Sep 25 15:56:06 PDT 2002
I've posted a short page of musings (late night stuff so fairly
rambling) about how an ontological approach to querying might lead to
more intelligent assistance in formulating queries against new datasets.
Could some of the ontology experts here cast an eye over it and tell me
if it is drivel, wishful thinking or can already be done by naïve
computer science undergrads.
Basically, I've asked if it is possible to encode the metadata about
various selection criteria in such a way that the inference engine might
be told the desired metadata of a catalog (eg that it contains a list of
brown dwarfs) and could then deduce the correct selection criteria and
datasets to apply them to.
I'm looking to find a practical use (or future use) of the ontological
approach that will engage astronomers.
Tony Linde Phone: +44 (0)116 223 1292
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University of Leicester Email: tol at star.le.ac.uk
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