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W3C Celebrates Semantic Web Progress at SemTech 2009

Posted by benjamin-nicolau en junio 16, 2009

W3C Celebrates Semantic Web Progress at SemTech 2009

Active Linked Data Community, eGovernment, and Industry Showing Support for Growing W3C Standards 

  W3C technical staff and more than 30 W3C Member organizations will present at the Sem Tech   this week in San Jose, California. Sessions led by W3C staff and Member organizations highlight the accelerating rate of adoption and deployment of Semantic Web technologies in the past year. In particular, the talks underscore an active Linked Data community in government, healthcare, finance and other industries dedicated to the adoption of Semantic Web technologies based on W3C standards.

“We have gathered a growing number of Semantic Web use cases and case studies in the past 12 months,” said Ivan Herman, Semantic Web Activity Lead for W3C. “What thrills me is the diversity of application areas for the Semantic Web, including more software, services and tools, as well as successful deployment in business and industry.”


Community Needs Drives Advances in Standards for Web of Data

W3C presenters will discuss advances in semantic tools to help people build, organize, and manage their data. The maturing standards provide tools for:

0.      knowledge representation on the Web. Data on the Web is expressed using terms such as “author” or “flight number” or “account number.” When people wish to assign meaning to those terms and to express relationships among them (“‘auteur’ means the same thing as ‘author’, in French”), they can used the Web Ontology Language (OWL).

0.      knowledge organization systems such as thesauri, classification schemes, subject heading systems and taxonomies

0.      content descriptions that will make it easier to provide, customize, and trust information added to large number of resources on the 

0.      rule systems  in a variety of disciplines, including: the ability to negotiate eBusiness contracts across rule platforms, managing business policies and practices across organizational boundaries, rule support for medical decisions. 

W3C continues to work with community members to review and recommend new standards for the advancement and realization of the Semantic Web. In time for SemTech, W3C announces that SKOS and OWL  OWL 2 builds on the original OWL standards (published in 2004) and adds features sought by the community. The basic design of RIF is now complete, and this week W3C expects to announce “Last Call” draft specifications, meaning the public can confirm the technical soundness of the document.




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