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WOWG: Ontology awareness increasing

From: Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.umd.edu>
Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 21:59:26 -0400
Message-Id: <p0511175cb908c1e1a360@[]>
To: webont <www-webont-wg@w3.org>
The following, from "Star rising for the Semantic Web" [1] by Edd 
Dumbill, captures something I also observed at the WWW  conference-- 
not only was the overall sem web effort growing, but ontologies were 
brought up quite frequently in many talks and panels -- there is 
definitely a lot of interest in our work!!
  - JH

>... Second, all the sources of data need to be able to name and 
>describe the various shapes their data can take. This is where the 
>semantics start to come in. The fancy word for such descriptions is 
>"ontologies" (practically a synonym for "schema", but that word is 
>somewhat overloaded by SQL and W3C XML Schema these days). The W3C's 
>WebOnt Working Group is charged with this piece of the puzzle, and 
>they're building on existing work such as DAML. As somebody remarked 
>to me, there were a surprisingly large number of papers focusing on 
>ontologies at the WWW2002 conference. There is a lot of practical 
>research work going on in the field.

[1] http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/wlg/1397
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