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EU-NSF Semantic web strategic workshop report

From: Jerome Euzenat <Jerome.Euzenat@acm.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 04:06:40 -0400 (EDT)
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I am pleased to announce the availability of the following report:


Report from the joint European commission and National Science Foundation
                  Strategic workshop on the semantic web
                3-5 October 2001, Sophia Antipolis, France


The web today enables people to access documents and services on the 
internet. Today's methods require human intelligence. The interface 
to services is represented in web pages written in natural language 
much must be understood and acted upon by a human. The semantic web 
augments the current web with formalised knowledge and data that can 
be processed by computers. Some services will mix human readable and 
structured data so they can be used by both humans and computers. 
Others will support only formalised knowledge and will only be used 
by machines.

This report is the synthesis from a strategic workshop on the 
semantic web which has been organised by the European Consortium in 
Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) for the European Union Future 
Emergent Technology program (EU-FET) and the US National Science 
Foundation (NSF). The workshop which was held in Sophia-Antipolis 
(France), October 3rd-5th, 2001, gathered 20 European and US 
researchers from the field of knowledge representation and 
engineering, database, worldwide web and man-machine communication. 
The participants considered the various aspects of languages and 
inferences, infrastructure, human-related issues, ontologies as well 
as applications and proposed what follows.

The report provides the workshop conclusions and recommendations to 
the research funding bodies. Participants have identified key 
research directions (identification and localisation, relationships 
between semantic models, tolerant and safe reasoning, and 
facilitating semantic web adoption) as well as promising application 
areas and funding modalities.

The report is available online and hardcopies can be ordered from:

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