I'm new to the Semantic Web (but a rather seasoned developer in other areas). I am currently in the process of creating a prototype for a web application whose foundation rests on a public health OWL ontology (diseases, health determinants, indicators, etc).
As the interface of the application should be able to handle "natural language" (i.e. be a so-called NLI), I am currently working on a program to drive it using a set of SPARQL queries (basically, I apply a set of predefined queries, trying to find the best (or most specific) match for the user input).
That approach works well for the moment, but I've been having nagging doubts about whether I should eventually try to incorporate a reasoner to my project. I have an high-level understanding of what a reasoner does (i.e. follow the ontology facts and axioms to their conclusions, to identify "hidden" or non-obvious relationships) but contrary to my SPARQL queries, I don't have a practical understanding of what I'd gain by using one, or about the parts it could replace (or augment) in my current setup.
Could someone enlighten me about this? In what way could be reasoner be used in such a project, and what kind of interplay would it have with any existing SPARQL workflow? Are they even operating on the same "level"? I'm aware that my questions are rather vague, but I'll happily provide additional details if needed.