Some thoughts on SW Best Practices
Guus Schreiber, Web Ontology WG co-chair
SW Architecture meeting, Tech Plenary, 6-7 March 2003
Helping users to set up their (first) semantic-web application. Note: objective over lap with SWAD Europe/MIT activities.
1. Supporting initiatives for publishing vocabularies
Supporting/initiating efforts for
making existing/upcoming vocabularies/thesauri/ontologies publicly
available in RDFS/OWL format for SW applications.
- Lexical corpora, e.g.,
- Dublin Core and its specializations (e.g.
- Cultural-heritage standards/thesauri, e.g. Getty thesauri (Art and
Architecture Thesaurus, Union List of Artist Names, Thesaurus of Geographic
- Medical vocabularies (many)
- Scientific disciplines. e.g molecular biology
- Top-level categories, e.g. OpenCyc).
Note: public domains such as medicine, science, cultural heritage and public
libraries are likely to be prime focus points.
2. FAQs and how-to-do-it guidelines
Setting up an archive of guidelines and examples for:
- transforming existing representations into RDFS/OWL
- constructing ontologies, covering typical modelling
problems such as defaults, part-of, ....
- ontology mapping: how to use multiple heterogeneous ontologies in an
- guidelines on ontology integration/unifications vs. mapping (the latter
is usually preferred)
- how to combine RDF/OWL with XML/XHTML
3. Tool and demo applications
- RDF/RDFS/OWL parsers
- query languages
- demo applications, including reflective ones such as:
- the archive itself?!
- W3C glossary?!
Facilities for opens-source development
4. Links to related techniques
Publishing technical notes on issues such as:
- the relationship between semantic web and topic maps
- using UML for ontology development/visualization
- semantic grid initiatives
This should typically be done in cooperation with the other
organizations involved (OASIS, OMG)
Interest group with task forces for particular topics.e.g. targeted at
producing technical notes.