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Introduction: Lee Feigenbaum

From: Lee Feigenbaum <lee@thefigtrees.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 11:26:32 -0500
Message-ID: <49A6C2B8.90801@thefigtrees.net>
To: SPARQL Working Group <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>

Role: Co-chair

I am an invited expert in the working group; as such, I am not 
representing the interests of any organization.

== Bio ==

I worked with Semantic Web technologies at IBM for about five years, 
from 2002-2007, before leaving to start Cambridge Semantics. I'm the 
original author of the Glitter SPARQL engine, which is a component of 
Open Anzo.

I joined the RDF Data Access Working Group (the first SPARQL group) in 
the middle of 2005 and served as chair from the beginning of 2007 
through to the end of the group's work in early 2008. I also served for 
a short while as a co-editor of the SPARQL Protocol specification, and I 
was involved in drafting a working draft on a WSDL 1.1 version of the 
SPARQL Protocol. I was also a co-editor of the working group note on 
serializing the results of SPARQL queries in JSON.

Rounding out my SPARQL experience, I co-wrote sparql.js[2], a simple 
JavaScript library for issuing SPARQL queries and processing JSON 
results. Once upon a time Elias torres and I used this to create an 
early demo o fusing SPARQL to mashup calendar data on the Web [3]. 
Unfortunately, I think that bit rot has been the demise of that 
particular demonstration.

== Contact info ==

The best way to reach me is usually via email to lee@thefigtrees.net. I 
also try to hang out on #sparql on irc.w3.org, though I'm less reliable 
there. I'm happy to chat voice as well, either at +1 (617) 553 1060 or 
via skype.

== Goals for SPARQL WG ==

I'd like to do whatever I can to help the group produce a core set of 
extensions to the SPARQL specifications. Things that are important to me:

1) Timeliness - it's important to me that we produce high-quality work 
within our 18-month timeframe
2) Balancing
   * the needs of the SPARQL user community
   * the work of SPARQL implementors
   * the energy & enthusiasm of the SPARQL working group
3) Producing high-quality, clear and concise specification text
4) Producing and maintaining test cases to
   * promote concrete discussion of proposed features
   * provide guidance and a test suite for SPARQL implementors

I do have my own personal opinions on SPARQL extensions, but for the 
most part I intend to cast those aside and act as an objective aid for 
the working group to reach consensus on the best path forward for 
extending SPARQL.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if I can help you out in any way,

[1] http://openanzo.org
[2] http://www.thefigtrees.net/lee/sw/sparql.js
[3] http://esw.w3.org/topic/SparqlCalendarDemo
Received on Thursday, 26 February 2009 16:28:07 UTC

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