[pcplantdb] Object oriented model reprise
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Mon Sep 6 11:24:43 EDT 2004
Stephanie Gerson wrote:
> Then it seems that the DB ought to provide a long list or dictionary of
> keywords and phrases that reflect in some way the key words and terms
> hard coded in the DB proper, as
> in the coding associated with object attributes.
Yes indeed. I think keyword offer a relativly simple
way to organise data. It could also be very powerful.
>>If our model of plants and their interrelations is as much as possible
>>like our observations of how plants as living systems do whatever they
>>do, IMO it is less abstract and thus more life-giving, life-enhancing.
>>The model itself might even teach some users more about plant
>>interactions themselves, besides just providing "info about plants."
> This is a great observation, John, a real gem. This makes perfect sense.
> Use the scientific method and terminology. Get out the dictionaries and
> Maybe links to the Wikipedia might be useful. Anyway with object models
> designed this way, sans abstractions
> and adhering to strict science, it might actualy be useful to annotate
> words and terms with links to
> defintions (from simple to complex) for the benefit of users.
Sounds goo to me.
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