RE: So Long and thanks for all the fish

Congratulations on a job well done.


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On Behalf Of Jim Hendler
Sent: Friday, May 28, 2004 9:46 AM
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Subject: So Long and thanks for all the fish



 As of Monday, the 31st of May, our working group will officially come
to an end.  We have achieved all that we were chartered to do, and I
believe our work is being quite well appreciated.  Mail on various lists
shows use of OWL is increasing, and many people at the recent WWW
conference, from companies as well as universities, talked to me about
their use of OWL (In fact, I was even given permission by some at
Microsoft Research Laboratories to say that there are people in their
Labs exploring the use of OWL).  While we have much education and
outreach to still to do, it is clear that we accomplished a lot for a
first working group in a language, and I hope we will get an eventual
chance to extend OWL in the future based on use over the next couple of

 Work on the Semantic Web will of course continue at WWW.  Guus'
Semantic Web Best Practices and Deployment WG is going well, and the
Distributed Access WG is helping to provide infrastructure that will
help in the extension of Semantic Web applications, and thus the greater
use of RDF and OWL.  Those of you looking for a way to spend your idle
telecon hours are encouraged to explore these groups.  In addition, W3C
has expressed interest in exploring rules and other extensions to
semantics, so keep your eye out for announcements about upcoming

 As chairs, we want to thank all of you, and especially the editors of
the documents, for all the hard work you put into making this working
group a success.   It's been a great group, and we will look forward to
interacting with all of you more in the future.

  So, in the word's of the late Douglas Adams, "So long, and thanks for
all the fish"

 Jim and Guus.
















Professor James Hendler 
Director, Semantic Web and Agent Technologies       301-405-2696
Maryland Information and Network Dynamics Lab.      301-405-6707 (Fax)
Univ of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742      240-277-3388 (Cell)

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