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More progress on Wilbur2

I managed to get Wilbur2 to a state where I can make a tarball of the source code and give it to others. I just put it on the Wilbur website. Now, I am writing some new documentation, since many things have changed, and Wilbur2 is likely to break old code making use of the old Wilbur; the Wilbur2 code itself may also break rather easily, I am sure there are plenty of bugs there still.

A bit more time and I will be able to release the Wilbur reasoner as well (comment to Richard: don't worry, you don't have to use it :-).

Posted by ora at 09:26 | Comments (1)


Photos from the Emerging Science of the Web -workshop

I attended the workshop "Emerging Science of the Web" this week in London, organized by Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, Jim Hendler, Nigel Shadbolt and Danny Weitzner (and kindly hosted by BCS). One of the questions discussed was the definition (and scope) of "web science". Organizers will post a summary later, I will post a pointer to that as soon as it becomes available.

My own position paper discusses the fact that the full Semantic Web vision is not possible without a broad range of AI technologies. The Semantic Web is all about AI!

I took some photos which I thought I'd post here...

From top to bottom:

1) Organizers Nigel Shadbolt and Jim Hendler moderating. Nigel and Jim

2) David De Roure and Carol Goble participating in the discussion.David and Carol

3) Dieter Fensel discussing services.Dieter

4) Tim Berners-Lee summarizing 15 or more years of development.Tim

5) I think I managed to capture most of the participants here.Workshop participants

Posted by ora at 03:54



I attended the 1st International IFIP/WG 12.5 Working Conference on Industrial Applications of the Semantic Web (IASW-2005), held at University of Jyväskylä in Finland. It was a small but well-organized conference, with some interesting talks both from the industry and academia (many describing collaborative industry/academia projects loosely in the area of the Semantic Web). I am hoping this conference becomes an annual event.

I gave the opening keynote address titled "Using the Semantic Web in Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing". The conference web site should have all the presentations available soon.

One topic of discussion that emerged in the conference was the need for a credible roadmap for the adoption of Semantic Web technologies in industrial and enterprise applications. This seems like something worth doing. Certainly based on my own experience talking to industry and business folks there seems to be a great need for credible information on how to get from where we are now to real commercial applications of Semantic Web technologies (let alone to the visions outlined in the Scientific American article). We can get there from here, but folks need to be told how, and this roadmap needs to be such that the folks in the head office don't roll their eyes...

A good question is "where should this work take place?" (roadmapping, that is). My vote would be on W3C, but obviously there are other fora as well.

Conference venue at University of Jyväskylä

(my first attempt at "stitching" multiple photos together...)

(Addition 2005-09-06: Conference web site now has a working link to my presentation.)

Posted by ora at 13:14 | Comments (2)