Re: Is there any repository of unsolved problems?

Thanks Richard, Nathan, Mischa, Luis, Markus!

I understand that fist of all I have to make my question more specific
and define the specific subset of Semantic Web I'm interested in.

I think that the most interesting topic for me is semantic wikis and
their applications. But I'm not sure that this is a *scientific*

P.S. I also found one kind of answer in the semanticowerflow [1]  -
those recommendations could be intersting to those who have similar


On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM, Markus Krötzsch
<> wrote:
> On 07/03/2011 22:16, Nathan wrote:
>> Yury Katkov wrote:
>>> Hello!
>>> I'm seeking for a good topic for my Ph.D. research in the Semantic Web
>>> field. Would you mind to help me to find the place where I can see the
>>> list of unsolved problems? I don't necessarily mean the list of Ph.D.
>>> topics :) , but that could probably be the list of current directions
>>> where the help is needed and where many questions are opened.
> "Semantic Web" is a *very* wide field that involves many special topic areas
> that require different skills and interests. Problems that people consider
> range from large scale data storage and processing (focus on computing
> performance), over knowledge representation (designing formal languages to
> express and query semantic information, may involve formal logic),
> information extraction (focus on "understanding" not-so-structured data,
> e.g. using methods from machine learning), to community and usability
> aspects (involving user studies and interface design). Moreover, there are
> numerous adjacent fields of research that are concerned with exploiting the
> basic ideas of semantic technologies in application fields (e.g. medicine).
> You can get a good overview of the field by looking at the topics covered at
> the annual International Semantic Web Conference ISWC. A "good topic" will
> be one that allows you to take advantage of your existing skills, and in
> which you can be supported by your academic environment, especially by your
> supervisor.
> Good luck!
> Markus
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> Dr. Markus Krötzsch
> Oxford  University  Computing  Laboratory
> Room 306, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QD, UK
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Yury V. Katkov
Laboratory of intelligent systems
of the Saint-Petersburg National University of Information
Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Russia

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