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Re: Introductions

From: Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.rpi.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 10:31:13 -0400
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To: public-owl-wg@w3.org

Short intro as I'm in transit -- details on me/my background at  
http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~hendler (or Google me, my life is an all too  
open book)

I chaired the OWL WG that produced the first OWL and have a long  
history of involvement with Web ontologies (cf. SHOE) and the  
Semantic Web.  I funded the development of OWL when I was at DARPA, I  
organized the ad hoc WG that created DAML+OIL, chaired the WOWG, and  
have been involved in many things aimed at pomoting OWL and its use.

Given that, it may sound odd, but I think the biggest mistake we've  
made in OWL is not having an OWL Lite that was actually Lite.  I will  
focus on helping to define a very minimal subset of OWL (maybe more  
of an RDFS+) that will meet the needs of the Web Application  
Developers getting involved in the RDF(S) world.  I believe this sort  
of "on ramp" to OWL is critical to its acceptance and use in the  
greater Web community.

In short, I want to concentrate on the 5-10% of OWL that can actually  
be making it big in the real world, rather than the 90+% that is  
there for future need and the few high end users.

I will be willing to be involved in developing documents on this  
subset, as long as they don't resemble the travesty that is the  
polynomial subsets document (useless to most developers).

I hope to be able to attend the f2f.

Sent from my iphone

"If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would  
it?." - Albert Einstein

Prof James Hendler				http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~hendler
Tetherless World Constellation Chair
Computer Science Dept
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY 12180
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