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new Semantic Web Interest Group (SWIG) home list, semantic-web@w3.org

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2005 10:41:54 -0500
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Message-ID: <20050204154154.GB14738@homer.w3.org>


Hi all

After some previous discussion here and in the Semantic Web Coordination
Group, this is a brief note to announce that the Semantic Web Interest 
Group has a new "home" list, semantic-web@w3.org (archives etc at [1]), 
and an invitation to subscribe. You can do this easily by sending mail 
to semantic-web-request@w3.org with 'subscribe' in subject line.
Please also send 'unsubscribe' to www-rdf-interest-request@w3.org to 
ensure a speedy migration to the new forum.

As I'm sure you all remember, we used to call ourselves the RDF Interest 
Group, but rechartered earlier this year under the broader name.
This move is to bring our main online presence into line with our new 
identity, and to make it clearer to the world that this group is W3C's 
primary public forum for discussions relating to the Semantic Web 
initiative.

The semantic-web@w3.org list has existed for a while but we never 
announced/launched it. There are a number of mailing lists associated
with the SWIG, but we have always considered one to be it's main or 
home list. The new home list is in keeping with our new, less
RDF-centric "Semantic Web Interest Group" name. RDF remains, of course,
very much on topic, but this is a good opportunity to remind everyone 
that discussion of applications, social impact, reports from online 
and real-world gatherings, and relationships to other technologies 
are all very welcome in this forum. RDF is a means to an end; the Semantic 
Web is that end...

So my preference as IG chair is for all discussion to migrate across 
from www-rdf-interest@w3.org to our new home at semantic-web@w3.org

We did this once before, when the RDF IG was created from XML-DEV's 
sister list, RDF-DEV. It went suprisingly smoothly. The old list 
will remain online and I don't plan to switch off the ability to post,
but do please make take few seconds to subscribe to the new list. 
Both lists are archived ([1],[2]) so people can catch up with the
migration; I therefore don't encourage crossposting. Let's get this over 
quickly. 

Those practicalities again, in full...

To subscribe to the new list, just follow our standard procedure[4], ie:

Send a message 	To: semantic-web-request@w3.org 
with		Subject: subscribe

Similarly, to unsubscribe from this list (which will discourage crossposts):

		To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
		Subject: unsubscribe

While you're at it, you might take a moment to consider subscribing to some 
of the other topic-specific lists associated with this Interest Group.
These include www-rdf-logic, www-rdf-calendar, www-rdf-rules, 
public-semweb-lifesci, www-annotation. See the SWIG homepage [5] for 
pointers to their archives, [4] for detailed help on mailing list tools.
  
Current members of the semantic-web@w3.org list (270+, pretty good 
for an un-used list!) should take a look at the SW IG's charter [3], in 
particular the note regarding IPR, which I'll excerpt here:
 
   The Semantic Web Interest Group provides an opportunity to share
   perspectives on Semantic Web technology and applications. W3C advises
   that information shared in the interest group through mailing list and
   meetings is publicly visible. W3C reminds participants to disclose,
   where known, the IPR status of information that they share in the
   Interest Group meetings and materials, in accordance with Section 6 of
   the W3C Patent Policy.

Apologies for the inconvenience of re-subscribing, but I think this 
was the best thing to do for the group and for public perception of 
Semantic Web. Thanks btw to everyone for the great discussions 
and collaborations that have happened on www-rdf-interest over the last
five years :)

See you on semantic-web@w3.org

cheers,

Dan

--
W3C Semantic Web Interest Group chair
http://www.w3.org/people/danbri/



[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/semantic-web/
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-rdf-interest/
[3] http://www.w3.org/2003/12/swa/swig-charter.html
[4] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/
    http://www.w3.org/Mail/Request
[5] http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/interest/
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