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From: <Patrick.Stickler@nokia.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2001 13:33:17 +0200
Message-ID: <2BF0AD29BC31FE46B78877321144043114C05F@trebe003.NOE.Nokia.com>
To: w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org, www-webont-wg@w3.org

Hi folks,

This is my introduction to both the RDF Core and Web Ontology
working groups.

My academic background has been in computer science and 
computational linguistics, with a focus on computational 
lexicography and machine translation.

Over the past decade or so, I've worked at various applications
relating to structured information, SGML, XML, and content
management. I've done a good bit of work in the area of data
conversion, data mining, and markup enrichment -- the latter
involving the employment of heuristics and inference to guess
the boundaries and semantics of content. 

In recent years, I have been working on applications of metadata
for the classification, management, control, interchange, 
navigation, search and retrieval of electronic resources -- and 
to that end have been chewing on RDF and RDF Schema (amongst other 
things) for awhile now and have a short but fairly concrete wish list
of what I'd like to see addressed in future semantic web standards.

Those who might be interested in the gory details of my academic
and professional history can find them at


My chief areas of interest with regards to Semantic Web
technologies and standards include (in no special order):

* The role of upper-level ontologies in achieving semantic
  transparency and interoperability across a broad set of 
  specialized ontologies

* The grounding of ontologies in semantic primitives which
  would minimize the amount of specific knowledge about 
  specialized ontologies in order to perform generalized tasks 
  such as navigation or auto-configuration of human-machine 
  interfaces, as well as serve as mechanisms for measuring
  the semantic proximity of terms

* The portability of resource identity and representation 
  across architectural layers and standards -- i.e. where RDF
  and other semantic web standards fit into the big picture of 
  complex, multi-layered, distributed web applications and 
  communities of web applications

* Definitions of equivalence, partial equivalence, and other
  forms of approximation between properties and resources and 
  their role in the execution of search queries employing 
  best-match algorithms, and the ranking of search results

I am looking forward to working with all of you in the coming
months and hope that I will be able to contribute to the group
even a fraction of the measure of which I am sure to recieve
from my interaction with so many talented folks.

Best regards,


Patrick Stickler              Phone: +358 50 483 9453
Senior Research Scientist     Fax:   +358 7180 35409
Nokia Research Center         Email: patrick.stickler@nokia.com
Received on Monday, 5 November 2001 06:33:35 UTC

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