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From: Bernard Horan <Bernard.Horan@sun.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 15:39:29 +0100
To: SWD WG <public-swd-wg@w3.org>
Message-id: <4534EB21.1050907@sun.com>

I am a member of Sun Labs [1] working as part of the Advanced Search 
Technology project [2]. Our search engine is targetted at intranets and 
incorporates the ability to use external "knowledge sources" such as 
taxonomies or ontologies presented as OWL or RDF. Currently the API to 
those knowledge sources is proprietary and I am keen to adopt a 
standards-based approach such as SKOS.

I am also involved with Sean Bechhofer in a Sun-funded collaborative 
research project at Manchester University that augments the work started 
on the COHSE project [3]. Papers describing this work have been 
published elsewhere, and we anticipate that the code will be 
open-sourced in the near future. COHSE relies on access to an ontology 
to present the user with navigational hyperlinks, and the API would 
benefit from adopting SKOS.

My background is in OO, having worked in the finance and IT industry for 
  almost 20 years.

[1] http://research.sun.com/
[2] http://research.sun.com/projects/dashboard.php?id=101
[3] http://cohse.semanticweb.org/

Bernard Horan
Senior Staff Engineer, Sun Microsystems Laboratories
c/o 2 Dry Dock, Wivenhoe
Colchester, Essex, CO7 9TE, UK
+44 (0)1252 422503
+44 (0)1252 422503 fax
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