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Brief Introduction and Plans for Implementing Data Ontology

From: Craig Gannon <craigg@crabacle.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 09:23:53 +0100
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Hello All,

After a brief email from Dan Brickley I would just like to introduce myself
and try to understand how this thing works. So if somebody could advise a
Newbie then that would be great.

I'm an IT consultant who's been following the Semantic Web initiatives for
over 7 years and I am a firm believer in it being of paramount importance
and business benefit to any organisation. 

It just so happens that I am currently working as a technical architect on
the biggest IT system in Europe and I have managed to break the back of
business fear by eventually getting full support for implementing the data
ontology. This will involve literally millions of artefacts that will be
'catalogued' as XML, XSD, Namespaces and RDF. It will be a slow process and
grow incrementally over the next few months. However this will one of the
biggest implementations in the world.

OK that's the trumpet blowing.

Over the past few years I have been unable to find the 'business focus'
within the W3C for implementing the Ontology. That isn't meant as a
disparaging remark, simply that I think that the W3C is more concerned with
the technologies and standards to ensure that they do (in fact) blend
together as a coherent whole. - I'm trying to put this in perspective for
the business and IT community to enable cost-efficient implementation with
long-term financial and business benefit.

I've more or less got a full story regarding implementing the Ontology,
supporting the Web Services and managing/publicising the many artefacts in a
controlled manner. There aren't (unfortunately) many tools out there to
implement and control the whole Ontology - so a number will have to be
'glued together' - also there are gaps in the 'integrated toolset' area, but
I think that I can live with that for the time being.

So, there's the story for now. As I said at the beginning I don't know how
this group operates and what the expectations are of me (and what I can
expect from the group). What I DO know however, is that I can add a lot to
this in the business focus arena - implementing the ontology in the real
world for business benefit.

That's the intro, - where do I go from here?

Apologies if I have already tarred myself with the manner of this email. -
As I said I'm new to this group.


Craig Gannon

Tel: +44 (0) 7711 822 910
Received on Thursday, 27 May 2004 07:43:57 UTC

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