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Re: Joining eGov IG

From: Brad Cox <bcox@virtualschool.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 09:09:31 -0400
To: Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.rpi.edu>, <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C6D7AD4B.75C1%bcox@virtualschool.edu>
OK, to follow Jim's example... I'm Brad Cox. http://bradjcox.blogspot.com

I've recently been doing enterprise architecture work for DoD after a varied
career (language development; Objective C), teaching (distance education),
SOA, OSGI, etc. Current interest is disentangling DoD enterprise
architecture from their belief that anything worthwhile can and should be
expressed as M$ Sql databases. The horrors of that must be seen to be

I've done a quick study of RDF/OWL enough to become convinced that RDF (at
least) and OWL (maybe) could do the job better, faster, cheaper (like say
10x so). Most of the work/time is in converting gnarly SQL to RDF so little
time has been exploring whizzy new OWL features. 90% of the job is just
plain xquery transforms to plain old RDF.

This work is mainly notable because of potential (huge) budgetary impact of
getting a self-consistent machine-processable enterprise architecture
across OMB, DOD BEA (DoDAF), Army EA, and Federal FEA. No bleeding edge
RDF/OWL stuff here but probable large implications in the open gov sense.

On 9/16/09 9:35 PM, "Jim Hendler" <hendler@cs.rpi.edu> wrote:

> Colleagues-
>   As is good practice in the W3C, having joined the group let me make
> a brief intro - lots of info about me is available online - for a
> quick bio, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hendler is pretty good
> (I don't love the picture, but the person who put it there said it
> captured my personality, so who am I to argue :-)) -- for more of what
> I do research wise, my regular home page is http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~hendler/
>   Relevant to this group, this summer my research group started
> working on turning data.gov and some other open govt data into RDF and
> releasing it from http://data-gov.tw.rpi.edu - we host an RSS feed of
> changes to data.gov, human and machine metadata for each of the
> datasets we can translate, and about 3B triples of RDF data all told.
> We also have some demos and visualizations that show multiple datasets
> linked together.  We're also working with the UK group doing similar
> (Nigel Shadbolt's group, although I don't get invited to go see the PM
> with Tim B-L :-() - on Oct 6 I'll be presenting this work to the US
> "federal Data Architecture Subcommittee" and probably be presenting it
> to a US DoD group later in the Fall.  I guess I should also mention
> that I have a reasonably long history w/the W3C, I cochaired the
> original Web Ontology WG, was a member of the Coordination Group for
> the Semantic Web activity for a long time, and am the AC member for
> Rensselaer Poytechnic Institute (RPI).
>   I'm sorry I missed the meeting this morning, didn't know it was
> happening until after it was over (jetlagged from a short trip to
> China)  hope I'll be able to make more of them in the future.
>   Looking forward to working with you all
>    Jim H.
> We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things,
> not because they are easy, but because they are hard - John F.
> Kennedy, Sept 12, 1962
> Prof James Hendler        http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~hendler
> Tetherless World Constellation Chair & Asst Dean of IT and Web Science
> Computer and Cognitive Science Depts
> Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY 12180      @jahendler, twitter
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