OWL Ontologies — Large files being constantly read

When: Wednesday, 2013-Oct-09, 11h30-12h00
Where: FCUL-DI, room C6.3.38
Presenter: João Ferreira

Querying an ontology can be used to retrieve several bits of information. Eg, “is the heart a organ?”

But biomedical ontologies are usually large, with several hundred MB per file. Opening and parsing these files to answer a simple question is impractical. Solutions are:
(1) to open a file in a server process and have several clients query this server process (a là MySQL);
(2) to store this information in a database, so that it is readily available to be queried by any client.

Together, I’d like to harness the critical thinking power of the audience in order to find the pros and cons of each solution.

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