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introducing myself, possibility of joining and contributions

From: Leo Sauermann <leo.sauermann@dfki.de>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 17:48:17 +0100
Message-ID: <456B16D1.1090009@dfki.de>
To: public-sweo-ig@w3.org

Hi Sweo,

may I introduce myself,
I am Leo Sauermann from DFKI, currently working on the Nepomuk Social 
Semantic Desktop project,
on the long run working on different Semantic Web related projects and 
initiatives like RDFHomepage, gnowsis, Aperture, ...

I watched the results of the SW best practices group and always thought 
about joining, now given the new SWEO, my  urge to do something is higher.
I am employed by DFKI, and we are W3C member, you may know Michael 
Sintek or Paul Buitelaar who is our AC representative.

My contributions to the group would be related to our work in the 
Nepomuk project, where we have workpackages dedicated to outreach. Also 
I am personally interested to see the semantic web happen, because I 
just need it.

For a start, I could do the following:
* I have been organizing "Semantic Desktop Hands-On Workshops" where we 
told people how to hack SemDesk stuff,
  these were successful in Germany/Berlin/Kaiserslautern and my 
co-organizers would want to push this towards "Semantic Web", to have a 
bigger audience. This would result in an annual workshop / hackshop / 
coding day in Berlin.
Next workshop probably spring 2007

* I have some connections to people with whom I often code semantic web 
applications. We need/write tutorials or showcases for the semantic web, 
I would be able to contribute to a list of tutorials, explanations, 
popular-science articles, and I could perhaps motivate some people to 
write more, establishing contacts to non-w3c contributors.

and another good reason why I contact you is:
* During the ISWC 2006 web 2.0 panel, I asked the question to the panel 
"Any 3-men web 2.0 startup can make a wonderful buzzword filled 
advertisment website promoting their good ideas, in easy understandable 
terms, like
'Our company switched to RDF and it changed my life, I sleep better now. 
CEO of Foo.com'
Why can't we as W3C make a Semantic Web promotional website?"
- TimBl answered that W3C spends its money on technical people and not 
on this stuff, and this is not the spirit, but he said I may join SWEO 
and suggest it there.

So my final interest would be to contribute to a "good looking buzzword 
filled advertisment website promoting the use of the semantic web". If 
this idea is in sync with the group's plan, perhaps I can organize 
external sponsor money to pay a graphic designer or ask some people to 
contribute content.

I will check with my executives how a membership in SWEO could be 
organized tomorrow,
would be interested what official requests for membership you have,

Leo Sauermann

DI Leo Sauermann       http://www.dfki.de/~sauermann 
P.O. Box 2080          Fon:   +49 631 205-3503
67608 Kaiserslautern   Fax:   +49 631 205-3472
Germany                Mail:  leo.sauermann@dfki.de
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