DRAFT Semantic Web Services Interest Group Charter DRAFT

This charter is written in accordance with section 3.2.2 of the W3C Process.

Status of this document

This is a DRAFT of a charter for a SWS Interest Group.
It has NO official standing. A more recent draft of a Web Services Interest Group exist.
Comments can be done in the www-ws public mailing list.

Table of Contents

Mission statement

The Semantic Web Services Interest Group is an Interest Group belonging to the Web Services Activity as defined by the W3C Process. The purpose of the Semantic Web Services Interest Group is to provide an open forum for W3C Members and non-Members to discuss Semantic Web services topics. In particular, it is a forum for everyone interested in investigating new ways of using Web services including semantically rich communications.

The Semantic Web Services Interest Group will address both architectural/systems issues as well as application interests. Architectural principles are expected to be reported to the Web Services Architecture Working Group, for inclusion in the Web services architecture document.

An important function of the Interest Group is information sharing within and between application communities. Conference announcements and post-conference reviews to the Interest Group mailing list help advise W3C staff where the W3C might most effectively allocate resources.

Scope of the work items

The aim of this IG is to discuss the combination of Semantic Web and Web Services approaches and technologies. Both these points of view are possible:

Therefore, the following list gives an overview of in-scope discussions in the IG (not exhaustive!):

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The group will not focus only on implementations, even if discussions may start from application-specific topics. Methodological, theoretical and experimental discussions are welcome.

A specific goals of the IGs to review deliverables of W3C and non-W3C working groups and interest groups that relate to Semantic Web Services.
However, it is recommended to use the appropriate Working Group mailing list when the topic does not concern both Web Services and Semantic Web. Particularly, the www-ws list is the right place to discuss Web Services-centric questions.


As an Interest Group, the Semantic Web Services Interest Group does not develop specifications or code, and, as a body, it does not have a specific set of deliverables. The Interest Group may be asked to review Last Call Working Drafts and Proposed Recommendations. The Interest Group may also make proposals to other W3C Groups through the W3C Team contact when there is evidence of sufficient Member interest in a work item.

Coordination with other Activities and Groups

The Group will maintain contacts with many other Groups within W3C. Some of the most important work includes the following:


The Chair of the Semantic Web Services Interest Group will maintain a home page containing all essential information, such as this charter, instructions on how to use the mailing list(s), event schedules, links to interesting documents, etc.

Communications and Confidentiality

The Interest Group will function primarily through an open e-mail distribution list, <www-ws@w3.org>, with a publicly accessible archive.

The Semantic Web Services Interest Group list may be used by any participant to post announcements of Web services-related workshops and meetings, and post followup summary reports of those meetings. Semantic Web Services Interest Group participants are encouraged to post periodic reviews of Web services-related issues, activities and events to keep each other informed and to keep the group alive.

The Semantic Web Services Interest Group exists only as an email forum; it does not conduct regular distributed or face-to-face meetings, although occasional workshops and meetings may be arranged as needed. The Interest Group may hold meetings (e.g. "Birds-Of-a-Feather" sessions) at conferences, at the discretion of the Chair and W3C team contact.


Membership of the Semantic Web Services Interest Group is open to the public. Any person interested in the issues and applications of Web services is eligible to participate in this Interest Group; W3C Membership is not a prerequisite.

Membership is signified by subscribing to the www-ws mailing list, www-ws@w3.org. One can subscribe to this mailing list by send an email to www-ws-request@w3.org with 'subscribe' in the Subject header.@@@ the mailing list will not be www-ws ... to be defined!

The initial Chair of the Semantic Web Services Interest Group is @@@ and the W3C Team contact for this Group is @@@.


The Group will exist for two years, from April 2003 to the end of January 2005. We expect to conduct a review of the effectiveness of the Web Services Interest Group at that time and submit a plan for any followup activity to the W3C Members.

Intellectual Property

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