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RE: seedling topic list for SWUI06

From: T.Heath <T.Heath@open.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2006 19:32:58 +0100
Message-ID: <E0FEA5DF00E59E409F90C854A1B45BAAA2737C@EPPING-EVS1.open.ac.uk>
To: "Lloyd Rutledge" <Lloyd.Rutledge@cwi.nl>, <public-semweb-ui@w3.org>
Cc: "T.Heath" <T.Heath@open.ac.uk>

Hi Lloyd, all,

This is a really interesting list, and a great focal point for the SWUI
community; very encouraging, thanks :) Taking you up on your offer, I'd
like to offer a couple of comments/propose some changes in three areas:

1. Tasks/Goals -> Search/Browse
2. User as author: publishing/sharing
3. Personal/social challenges brought about by Semantic Web

1. Tasks/Goals -> Search/Browse
I believe the emphasis on search/browse in web usage obscures a real
understanding of the goal of the user. At the same time a semantic web
has the potential to deliver tools that truly support more varied tasks
and activities online; the search engines and point-n-click hypertext of
the conventional web are just one way of seeing the web. On that basis I
think there'd be value in nesting Search and Browse within a category
related to Tasks/Activities in general and how the user experience of
these is changed by a semantic web.

2. User as author: publishing/sharing
This deserves a category of its own in my view, divorced from the all
but the last of its three subtopics ("approachable interfaces"). Perhaps
nesting Publishing within a broader Tasks/Activities heading might
highlight some commonalities with a tasks/activities viewpoint.

3. Personal/social challenges brought about by Semantic Web
The "trust" and "community dymanics" points currently under "user as
author" have broader applicability in my opinion, and may warrant a
category of their own (perhaps something like "Personal/social
challenges brought about by Semantic Web"). This would allow other
related topics such as privacy and identity on the semantic web to be
encompassed. (aside: SW privacy was even discussed by BBC News after
WWW2006, so this issue will certainly be big in the public mind).

Naturally I'd be interested to hear what others think about these ideas

Best wishes,


Tom Heath
PhD Student
Knowledge Media Institute
The Open University
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Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-semweb-ui-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:public-semweb-ui-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Lloyd Rutledge
> Sent: 26 May 2006 11:38
> To: public-semweb-ui@w3.org
> Subject: seedling topic list for SWUI06
> Below is an initial topic list, sitting now on the SWUI06 
> webpage. Please offer comments, modification and additions.  
> We intend such a "list" as the primary result rather then a 
> lead-in for this particular workshop's format, but let the 
> list below serve as a "strawman" to start developing the 
> workshop's product: a common understanding of SWUI topics, 
> issues and challenges.
> And now the list:
>      * requirements on data
>      * browsing
>            o local view browsing
>            o style and layout
>            o assisted navigation
>      * search
>            o assisted querying
>            o facet browsers
>            o relevance measures
>      * semantically annotated media in generated interfaces
>      * large-scale structural visualization
>            o document-based
>            o graphic-based
>            o geographic-based
>            o dimensional views
>      * personalization and adaptation
>      * user as author: sharing knowledge
>            o trust
>            o community dymanics
>            o approachable interfaces
>      * issues of adoption
>      * the changed user experience
>            o new personas, tasks and goals
>            o new sitations, contexts and scenarios
>            o new requirements
> Additionally, the workshop's product needn't be simply a 
> "list" but instead, as a "common understanding", be a 
> Semantic Web knowledge repository with SWUI access, for which 
> such a list is only one view.
> -Lloyd
Received on Friday, 2 June 2006 21:12:42 UTC

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