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Re: Introductions

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@webbackplane.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 10:29:04 +0100
Message-ID: <640dd5061003290229l2d289226y78cfee306d850aa6@mail.gmail.com>
To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Cc: RDFa WG <public-rdfa-wg@w3.org>
Hi everyone,

I'm just working my way through old email, and have to really
apologise for not getting my introductions in earlier, especially
since I've now met a number of people on the telecons.


> If you are going to be participating in the WG (including previous
> members of the RDFa Task Force), please send an introductory e-mail to
> the list before the telecon with the following information:
>
> * A brief background on yourself.

I've been interested in AI and the semantic web for a number of years,
in particular in how it's possible to create dynamic user interfaces
based on semantic data.

This interest led me to look at XForms, as a way to express rich UI's
in a way that HTML can't, and that was my first involvement with the
W3C -- I became and Invited Expert on the XForms and XHTML 2 Working
Groups.

Although the XHTML 2 Working Group was subsequently shelved, I like to
think of it more as a lab than a standard: from that incredibly
productive group came the @role attribute, XML Events, the @access
attribute, XForms itself, and of course CURIEs and RDFa.


> * What you plan to use RDFa for at your organization (if you can talk
>  about it).

I'm looking forward to finally getting back to RDF and rich user
interfaces! It will still involve XForms and HTML, but now with RDFa
there's some really clever things we can do.

More specifically I'm consulting on a number of UK government projects
for which RDFa is an important component, particularly in allowing the
de-centralised management of information that needs to be centralised.
(If you see what I mean...)

The largest project I'm involved in now requires lots of different
sets of data, and part of the strategy to get that data is to work
with other organisations to help them RDFa-ise their information, so
that we can then crawl it.


> * What you would be interested in working on in this WG.

Everything. I'm particularly interested in continuing my work on
browser-based parsing and working on the API.

I look forward to working with you all.

Regards,

Mark

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