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W3C Public Newsletter, 2008-06-09

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Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 00:47:11 -0400
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Dear W3C Public Newsletter Subscriber,

The 2008-06-09 version of the W3C Public Newsletter is online:

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Ian Jacobs, W3C Communications Team

New eGovernment Activity to Help Improve Government through Better Use
of the Web

   W3C launches today a new forum for governments, citizens,
   researchers, and other stakeholders to investigate how best to use
   Web technology for good governance and citizen participation. "Open
   Standards, and in particular Semantic Web Standards, can help lower
   the cost of government, make it easier for independent agencies to
   work together, and increase flexibility in the face of change," said
   Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. W3C invites participation in the new
   eGovernment Interest Group, which is open to the public. The group
   will identify best practices and guidelines in this area, document
   where current technology does not adequately address stakeholder
   needs, and suggest improvements via the standards process. Read the
   W3C eGovernment FAQ and press release, and learn more about the W3C
   eGovernment Activity.


Web Applications Working Group Launched; Compound Document Formats

   W3C launched a new Web Applications (WebApps) Working Group,
   co-Chaired by Art Barstow (Nokia) and Charles McCathieNevile (Opera
   Software). This group merges the former Web APIs and Web Application
   Formats Working Groups. Per the charter for the Web Applications
   Working Group, the group's mission is to provide specifications that
   enable improved client-side application development on the Web,
   including specifications both for application programming interfaces
   (APIs) for client-side development and for markup vocabularies for
   describing and controlling client-side application behavior. W3C
   also rechartered the Compound Document Formats (CDF) Working Group,
   to continue to develop specifications which combine selected
   existing document formats from the W3C and elsewhere, and which
   specify the runtime behavior of such combined documents. Both groups
   will conduct their work in public. The first order of business of
   the rechartered CDF Working Group is to propose Chair candidates to
   the Director; please contact Doug Schepers with proposals. Learn
   more about the Rich Web Clients Activity.


SKOS Simple Knowledge Organization System Reference Draft Published

   The Semantic Web Deployment Working Group has published a Working
   Draft of "SKOS Simple Knowledge Organization System Reference."
   This document defines the Simple Knowledge Organization System
   (SKOS), a common data model for sharing and linking knowledge
   organization systems via the Semantic Web. SKOS aims to provide a
   bridge between different communities of practice within the library
   and information sciences involved in the design and application of
   knowledge organization systems. In addition, SKOS aims to provide a
   bridge between these communities and the Semantic Web, by
   transferring existing models of knowledge organization to the
   Semantic Web technology context, and by providing a low-cost
   migration path for porting existing knowledge organization systems
   to RDF. See "changes" from the previous draft. Learn more about the
   Semantic Web Activity.


Two Group Notes Published About Semantic Web and Life Sciences

   The Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group has
   published two Group Notes: "A Prototype Knowledge Base for the Life
   Sciences" and "Experiences with the conversion of SenseLab databases
   to RDF/OWL." The former describes a prototype of a biomedical
   knowledge base that integrates 15 distinct data sources using
   currently available Semantic Web technologies including RDF and OWL.
   The Note outlines which resources were integrated, how the knowledge
   base was constructed using free and open source triple store
   technology, how it can be queried using SPARQL, and what resources
   and inferences are involved in answering complex queries. While the
   utility of the knowledge base is illustrated by identifying a set of
   genes involved in Alzheimer's Disease, the approach described here
   can be applied to any use case that integrates data from multiple
   domains. The second document describe the experience of converting
   SenseLab databases into OWL, an important step towards realizing the
   benefits of Semantic Web in integrative neuroscience research. Learn
   more about the Semantic Web Activity.


Offline Web Applications Published as W3C Note

   The HTML Working Group has published the "Offline Web Applications"
   Group Note. "HTML 5" contains several features that address the
   challenge of building Web applications that work while offline. This
   document highlights these features (SQL, offline application caching
   APIs as well as online/offline events, status, and the localStorage
   API) from HTML 5 and provides brief tutorials on how these features
   might be used to create Web applications that work offline. Learn
   more about the HTML Activity.


W3C Advisory Committee Elects Advisory Board

   The W3C Advisory Committee has filled six open seats on the W3C
   Advisory Board. Created in 1998, the Advisory Board provides
   guidance to the Team on issues of strategy, management, legal
   matters, process, and conflict resolution. Beginning 1 July, the
   nine Advisory Board participants are Jean-François Abramatic (ILOG),
   Ann Bassetti (The Boeing Company), Jim Bell (HP), Don Deutsch
   (Oracle), Eduardo Gutentag (Sun Microsystems), Steve Holbrook (IBM),
   Ken Laskey (MITRE), Ora Lassila (Nokia), and Arun Ranganathan
   (Mozilla Foundation). Steve Zilles continues as interim Advisory
   Board Chair. Read more about the Advisory Board.

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     * 10 June, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Web Accessibility: People with
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       Web Sin Barreras.
     * 11 June, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA: The
       Future of the World Wide Web. Tim Berners-Lee gives a keynote at
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     * 11 June, Nashville, TN, USA: Color for the Global Web. Molly E
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     * 13 June, Oxford, United Kingdom: Rita 2.0 - Effective Methods
       and Messages in Online Safety Education.' . Michael Wilson
       participates in a panel at 'Beyond Byron - Towards a New Culture
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     * 17 June, New York, NYC, USA: Web of Data. Tim Berners-Lee gives
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       presents at LinkedData Planet Conference: exploring the new web
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       d'Ingénierie des Connaissances (IC2008).
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