Re: semantic technologies training/request

> Unlike in previous EU Framework Programmes, see, more money goes into actual research than outreach and education.
> It strikes me as very odd, that whereas the EU preaches open access and fosters research on achieving universal open access both in the EU and the rest of the world, and spent a fortune on (which still has capacity handling problems), not a euro could be spared to publish a good old fashioned Semantic Web Technology Atlas for Europe (and the rest of the world).

not just odd, plain against the  EU policy, I remember dissemination
being  a mandatory activity
 to obtain funding, however I remember  lots and lots of fiddling
being done (dissemination
could be done nominally by publishing a few papers and organising a
couple of seminars)

>  Also missing is information on research institutes, trade associations, SW technologies and tools companies, standards bodies and professional organizations etc.

it looks like the next mission is waiting, buccaneers

this can be achieved by dog food exercise, of which our friends on
this list are specialists,

by policy (forcing our esteemed colleagues who get funded to publish
their stuff in a directory, and make sure good, exhaustive, well
developed training material goes with the stuff

a problem could be that training is generally not what
developers/researchers are naturally inclined towards - it takes some
training to become a trainer, as teachers and lecturers know well,

and I really hope such requirement is not just another excuse to
syphon loadsa money from the public funding system and that grassroot
and community initiatives to promote dissemenitation )like student
volunteers etc) will be generously sponsored and supported by funded

> I would like to have such a guide by 2009, so that is on my wish list.
> The Information Technology Atlas - Europe was published by IOS Press in 1987 in Collaboration with the Commission of the European Communities, and was related to the RACE and ESPRIT programs.
> Perhaps we should lobby with the EU directly for setting up a program for education and outreach for semantic web technologies?

count me in


> By the way a surveys and questionnaires combination approach was used by IOS Press to obtain their basic input data for the Atlas they produced.
> With the advent of the internet in the 1990's one might have expected that an online guide should be available by now?! Or a downloadable PDF file?
> Just wishing aloud for 2009.
> Milton Ponson
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> --- On Sun, 12/28/08, <> wrote:
> > From: <>
> > Subject: semantic technologies training/request
> > To: "Semantic Web" <>, "Marco Ronchetti" <>
> > Date: Sunday, December 28, 2008, 10:55 AM
> > Greetings
> >
> > I am starting to be introduced to great sw tools being
> > released by the
> > various EU funded projects, for which lots and lots
> > of public money is been used
> >
> > such as
> >
> >
> > as well as lots of others
> >
> > Although all of these materials have some tutorials and
> > documentation, the
> > need for
> > face to face training is mounting, and likely to increase
> >
> > I have not yet found during any of my trips distributed,
> > connected, open
> > training centers
> > possibly c/o universities, whre people could drop in and
> > get some guidance
> > on how to get their hands dirty
> > and have the chance to spend some contact hours with
> > students and tutors
> > who may want to share their expertise
> > and help newcomers to become experts
> >
> >
> > If this is at all possible, dear Santa, it's on my
> > wishlist, and in my
> > prayers for 2009
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Paola Di Maio
> > *************************************************

Paola Di Maio
Networked  Enabled Capabilities Research

Received on Sunday, 28 December 2008 15:58:20 UTC