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How do you do what you do?
What is the academic discipline or tradition that you are using to give you the language to be able to discuss classification in the way that you do? Do you have any suggestions for what I as a total beginner might be able to read to be able to explain concepts on Wikidata as you do? What is your level of expertise in talking about this kind of classification and how much time commitment did you make to be able to talk in this way? Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:56, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
- Lane, when I talk about classification I often use language from ontology, a field of computer science concerned with formal knowledge representation. I tend to use vocabulary from the Web Ontology Language -- OWL. OWL is an ontology language for the Semantic Web recommended by the W3C. It's based on RDF and RDFS.
- In addition to the resources linked above, I'd recommend anyone interested in the subject to read the W3C OWL2 Primer. I also recommend The Semantic Web, a 2001 Scientific American article by Tim Berners-Lee and other researchers that laid out a motivating vision. Since you're interested in biology, it's worth pointing out that biologists have been a very active bunch in ontology and Semantic Web practices, coming up with a broad family of ontologies called OBO (Open Biomedical Ontologies) -- see The OBO Foundry: coordinated evolution of ontologies to support biomedical data integration by Barry Smith et al. Check out the Wikidata reading list, too.
- I have been enthralled with Wikidata and its potential for structuring knowledge for about a year. I don't consider myself to be an ontology expert, but I have spent a major chunk of this year familiarizing myself with the field and related topics discussed above. I think ontology, the Semantic Web and OWL are all very important things to have in mind as we try to structure all human knowledge. Emw (talk) 13:58, 17 December 2013 (UTC)