Faceted classification sounds a
lot like the sort of feature definition that
gets done when defining cases in case-based reasoning, and even like
old fashioned relational databases. (Or did I miss the point?) If
experience in these fields might give pointers on how to do it
And saying that something can be placed into a database does miss the
point (I think). Lots of data structures could be placed into a
database. The interesting thing is how the structure maps to the
data, not how the structure could be represented in a database.
Then again, there are similarities between the structure of a relational
database, and the structure represented by faceted classification.
Here is a quote I found from the same source as the last link: http://www.slais.ubc.ca/courses/libr517/winter2000/Group7/database.htm
"If one considers the development of models of
database designs and the development of classification schemes, one may
notice a parallel between the two, moving from a more hierarchial
structure to a faceted one. Relational databases have replaced the older
hierarchial databases, and are found to be more effective in organizing
I think that the approach taken for creating a semantic network from existing publications is right on target.
What seems a little strange to me, is ScholOnto's goal of facilitating discussions about the scholarly works, while at the same time diagramming the works being discussed. It seems that creating semantic maps out of existing documents, and facilitating graphical discussions are distinct enough tasks to deserve separate applications. For instance, I could imagine an independent forum where scholarly papers are discussed, and where one could post links to existing papers. Such a forum would certainly benefit from a back end where the scientific papers are also diagrammed, but it would not require it.
Regardless though, I am very impressed with the project, and look forward to reading the rest of your publications.
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