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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


Looks like an interesting conference. It also has the presentations online now.

Unfortunately, the link to your presentation does not work - it just points back to the conference program page. :(

Posted by: CaptSolo at September 4, 2005 04:39 AM

I submitted my presentation late, it should be up soon.

Posted by: Ora Lassila at September 4, 2005 07:59 AM