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Monday, November 17, 2003


"Because meta-data describes a worldview, incompatibility is an
inevitable by-product of vigorous argument. It would be relatively
easy, for example, to encode a description of genes in XML, but it
would be impossible to get a universal standard for such a
description, because biologists are still arguing about what a gene
actually is. There are several competing standards for describing
genetic information, and the semantic divergence is an artifact of a
real conversation among biologists. You can't get a standard til you
have an agreement, and you can't force an agreement to exist where
none actually does."
--ibid.

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