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RE: Joining eGov IG

From: Novak, Kevin <KevinNovak@aia.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 09:21:27 -0400
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To: "Brad Cox" <bcox@virtualschool.edu>, "Jim Hendler" <hendler@cs.rpi.edu>, <public-egov-ig@w3.org>

Welcome aboard. We have a great charter for year two and look forward to your involvement in achieving our objectives.


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-----Original Message-----
From: public-egov-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:public-egov-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Brad Cox
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 9:10 AM
To: Jim Hendler; public-egov-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Joining eGov IG

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 appreciated. 

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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