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Re: Introductions

From: Melliyal Annamalai <melliyal.annamalai@oracle.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 15:31:28 -0400
Message-ID: <46097110.8020703@oracle.com>
To: Susie Stephens <susie.stephens@gmail.com>, public-sweo-ig@w3.org

I am part of the Oracle Database Semantic Technologies group.   To 
introduce the group first,
we have developed a database component to store, manage, and query 
RDF/OWL data stored in the database.  The work in the group started 4 
years ago, and several papers have been published ([1], [2], [3], [4]).  
As you can see from [5], the research work led to a product.  Other 
members of the group are part of other W3C groups such as the SPARQL 
Working Group.

Part of my role in the group is interacting with users, understanding 
use cases and helping them get started on this technology.  Given that 
this is new technology, we have to show users what they gain from this 
technology, and that is part of my role.  These interactions are very 
interesting and show us what pieces of the technology are considered 
immediately useful to users, the challenges they face in adopting this 
technology, and the types of problems they hope to solve using this 
technology. We see a lot of interest from users, and many novel ways in 
which people are using the technology.  However, there appears to be a 
need to clearly articulate the benefits of semantic technology for 
particular applications. A common question we get is: "I can solve this 
using these other technologies, how exactly is using semantic 
technologies better?".  Looking at this question from the point of view 
of different kinds of applications provides some very interesting 

After my Ph.D. in Computer Science I have been at Oracle for nearly 10 
years, working initially for the multimedia group where I worked on 
content-based retrieval on images and on image metadata management for 
Life Science applications.  I later began to work on semantic 
technologies.  My background in multimedia and semantics led me to be 
part of the Multimedia Semantics Incubator Group [6], and now I am 
looking forward to participating in the SWEO group.  As part of my work 
with customers there are some publications under progress.


[1] S. Das, E. I. Chong, G. Eadon, J. Srinivasan. Supporting 
Ontology-based Semantic Matching in RDBMS. 30th International Conference 
on Very Large Data Bases, Toronto, Canada, 2004.

[2] E. I. Chong, S. Das, G. Eadon, J. Srinivasan. An Efficient SQL-based 
RDF Querying Scheme. 31st International Conference on Very Large Data 
Bases, Trondheim, Norway, 2005.

[3] N. Alexander, S. Ravada. RDF Object Type and Reification in the 
Database.  International Conference on Data Engineering, Atlanta, USA, 2006.

[4] E. I. Chong, S. Das, G. Eadon, J. Srinivasan. Supporting Keyword 
Columns with Ontology-based Referential Constraints in DBMS. 
International Conference on Data Engineering, Atlanta, USA, 2006.

[5] http://www.oracle.com/technology/tech/semantic_technologies/index.html

[6] http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/mmsem/

Susie Stephens wrote:
> We've had a few new people join SWEO over the last couple of months. 
> If you are new, it'd be great if you could send out an introduction to 
> the mailing list. These introductions are then linked to the Wiki page 
> [1].
> Cheers,
> Susie
> [1] http://esw.w3.org/topic/SweoIG/Participants
Received on Wednesday, 28 March 2007 03:03:38 UTC

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