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Re: Persistent Hosting for Common Ontologies

From: Harry Halpin <hhalpin@ibiblio.org>
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2007 21:55:36 -0500
Message-ID: <45CBE2A8.9070108@ibiblio.org>
To: "T.Heath" <T.Heath@open.ac.uk>
Cc: public-grddl-comments@w3.org, Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>, SW Coordination Group <w3c-semweb-cg@w3.org>, ISWC2006 <stefan.decker@deri.org>

I think this sounds like a suggestion for the Semantic Web Co-ordination
Group, possibly tied to the SWEO working group activity[1].

At ISWC 2006 the keynote by Tom Gruber also emphasized the lack of a
community-drive website to host ontologies and make them easy to find.
And while Danny has made an excellent attempt with the ESW Wiki and
micromodels.org[2], clearly more support is needed as well as a good
persistent policy. There have been suggestions that
http://www.semanticweb.org [3] host these ontologies (possibly in
conjunction with the W3C), but I'm not sure where, if anywhere, that
particular initiative is. It currently says " We are currently setting
up new tools and will be back online as soon as possible. "

I'll forward this to the Semantic Web Co-ordination Group and, while
it's probably too late to add this to the agenda for our meeting this
week, it could be discussed next week. It's clearly important to learn
from the success of the microformats community and have an easy-to-find
and community-driven site with good tech infrastructure for hosting


T.Heath wrote:
> Hi,
> On a couple of occasions recently the subject of persistent hosting for
> commonly used ontologies/vocabularies has come up, and I was wondering
> if this is something that could be coordinated at a W3C level, for the
> benefit of the SW community and beyond.
> The examples I have in mind are the Review Vocabulary, which currently
> redirects to [1], and the "SWC Conference Ontology"; this is the working
> title for the conference ontology first incarnated for ESWC2006,
> enhanced for ISWC2006, and now being stabilised ahead of ESWC2007 (see
> [2] for more info).
> Particularly for the SWC Conference Ontology, it would be nice not to
> anchor this to an event specific namespace such as eswc2007.org, but
> instead to use a neutral location to emphasise its broader relevance. I
> imagine the same is true of the Review Vocabulary. If something like
> http://ns.semanticweb.org was possible, that might send out the right
> message.
> On a related topic, at the same time it might be worth addressing the
> issue of profile URIs for microformats, if they're going to be used for
> GRDDLing. This is likely to be of higher priority to the Semantic Web
> community than it is to those using microformats to build a (lowercase)
> semantic web, so perhaps we need to take the lead.
> Will be interested to hear your thoughts,
> Cheers,
> Tom.
> [1] http://dannyayers.com/xmlns/rev/
> [2] http://homepages.cs.manchester.ac.uk/~seanb/dogfood/


Harry Halpin,  University of Edinburgh 
http://www.ibiblio.org/hhalpin 6B522426
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