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RE: SWEO Introductions

From: Wilson, MD \(Michael\) <m.d.wilson@rl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2006 20:24:35 +0100
Message-ID: <677CE4DD24B12C4B9FA138534E29FB1D0120B155@exchange11.fed.cclrc.ac.uk>
To: "Susie Stephens" <susie.stephens@oracle.com>, "W3C SWEO IG" <public-sweo-ig@w3.org>

Introduction - Michael Wilson

For the last 10 years I've managed others in projects or research
programmes, relying on communication rather than programming skills.
I've intermittently worked on ontologies, knowledge engineering and
semantic web issues since the mid 1980's - CCLRC are currently involved
in the SKOS W3C recommendation. I've also worked on HCI, multimedia and
most recently Grid/Web Services technologies. Since 2001 I've been
manager of the UK & Ireland Office of W3C, following involvement in the
web since its early days.

I live in Wimbledon, a leafy suburb of London which suffers two weeks of
pain each year when our local tennis club holds its championships. But I
tend to travel around Europe a lot and am not a consistent attendee on
conference calls.

I work at a UK national laboratory which provides large facilities for
scientists in universities and industry who want to access their data
from their own sites once its been produced on our big facilities -
world's most powerful pulsed laser, world's most powerful spallation
neutron source, world's highest throughput synchrotron, satellite build
and test facilities, world top 25 supercomputer, 5 petabyte data store,
etc... We provide IT support for the full science lifecycle including
design, simulation, experiment, data analysis, publication.  Everything
has to be indexed on our site by whose it is, when they did it, and what
the experimental conditions were, etc... Some users then want to perform
secondary analyses on data collected by different groups at different
times, under different experimental conditions, with different access
rights etc... We have a great need for interoperability of data, process
and semantics described in the IT and scientific domains which has to be
preserved over a very long period of time - our oldest continuous
annually updated data set started collection in 1767 [1]. We have
developed many technologies in the past, but our innovation model is one
where we work with companies and standards bodies so that our
requirements are met by commercially supported technologies rather than
by our staff maintaining in house technology. We want our scientists to
do science, and our IT staff to innovate to meet the requirements of our
scientists, we want commercial suppliers to support the increasingly
deep stack of technologies upon which our scientists rely.

I'm not sure what I can do to help the group, but I'm happy to promote
semantic web technologies.

[1] http://www.nao.rl.ac.uk/

Michael Wilson
Manager, UK & Ireland Office of W3C
e-Science Centre
CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0QX, UK
Fax: +44 1235 445831


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-----Original Message-----
From: public-sweo-ig-request@w3.org
[mailto:public-sweo-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Susie Stephens
Sent: 27 October 2006 19:36
Subject: SWEO Introductions

Thanks to the people who have already sent out their email introduction.

I am compiling the introductions at:

Kind regards,

Received on Friday, 27 October 2006 19:24:46 UTC

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