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Semantic Web Best Practices and Deployment (SWBPD) Working Group Charter

Per section 6 Working Groups, Interest Groups, and Coordination Groups of the W3C Process, this charter, and any changes to it, take effect by way of an announcement to the W3C Membership via w3c-ac-members.
This is a snapshot of the charter as proposed for W3C Advisory Committee review on 12 January, 2004. Refer to the latest version for subsequent changes.


The Semantic Web Best Practices and Deployment (SWBPD) Working Group is focused on providing consensus-based guidance - including practical deployment recommendations, engineering guidelines, ontology / vocabulary development practices, educational material and effective demonstrations, designed to facilitate Semantic Web deployment.


1. Scope

1.1 General aim

The aim of this Semantic Web Best Practices and Deployment (SWBPD) Working Group is to provide hands-on support for developers of Semantic Web applications. With the publication of the revised RDF and the new OWL specification we expect a large number of new application developers. Some evidence of this could be seen at the last International Semantic Web Conference in Florida, which featured a wide range of applications, including 10 submissions to the Semantic Web Challenge (see http://challenge.semanticweb.org/).This working group will help application developers by providing them with "best practices" in various forms, ranging from engineering guidelines, ontology / vocabulary repositories to educational material and demo applications.

This Working Group is intended to capitalize on work already been done. This work is typically spread over a range of disciplines and communities, combining experience from industry and computer science with research insights from fields as diverse as philosophy, linguistics, library science, psychology, conceptual modeling, and domain modeling, amongst others. This work is typically spread over a range of disciplines: philosophy, linguistics, library science, psychology, conceptual modeling, domain modeling, etc.

The working group will focus on four areas for providing support.

1.2 Focus areas

1.2.1 Focus: Supporting initiatives for publishing ontologies / vocabularies

In various domains large ontologies, including vocabularies and thesauri, have been constructed. Typically, these corpora are the result of many years of collaborative effort in a community. Such corpora form indispensable resources for Semantic Web applications. One prime objective of the SWBPD Working Group is to help make these resources publicly available for application developers.

To this end the working group will undertake the following activities:

The result should be a set of publicly available high-profile ontologies. The following is an indicative (nonlimitative) list of existing ontologies at which this focus area is targeted:

Criteria for an ontology to be within the scope of this Working Group are:

NOTE: For ontologies not meeting these criteria the Working Group will consider setting up a separate repository, possibly in cooperation with the existing repository of the DAML program.

Related works to be considered include SWAD Europe work on thesauri, SchemaWeb as well as similar initiatives.

1.2.2 Focus: FAQs and how-to-do-it guidelines

The goal of this focus area is to provide support for practical issues related to ontology / vocabulary engineering and use for the Semantic Web.

The Working Group will be the sponsoring group for the RDF in XHTML Task Force, currently chartered under the Semantic Web Coordination Group. The Working Group will, in conjunction with the HTML Working Group, provide a solution for representing RDF metadata within an XHMTL document (see also http://www.w3.org/2003/03/rdf-in-xml.html).

Other Working Group Notes may be developed from topics brought by Working Group participants. The Working Group will also consider using Wiki techniques to create a repository of guidelines. Areas for guideline development include:

In addition, the repository is likely to contain the following types of components:

Working Group Notes that could be produced:

1.2.3 Focus: Repository of tools and demo applications

Tool and application archive:

Preference is given to open-source software.

NOTE: This focus area is likely to be carried out in coordination with activities in the DAML program, e.g. on open-source tools for OWL.

1.2.4 Focus: Links to related techniques

The Working Group will consider publishing Working Group Notes on links to related (standardization) efforts. The goal of such notes will be to provide guidelines for users who want to combine usage of the two fields. Typical topics for such notes would be:

This should typically be done in cooperation with the other organizations involved (MPEG, OASIS, OMG)

1.3 Out of scope

2. Deliverables and Schedule

This Working Group is chartered for a duration of 20 months, through 31 January 2006. The kick-off meeting is planned to be held on March 4-5 2004 (the Web Ont slot) at the W3C Tech Plenary in Cannes.

The Working Group will initiate task forces for producing Working Group notes. These task forces will typically operate in the following way:

The Working Group will consider producing a short note about how the Working Group determines what is a best practice, e.g. that it should be based on real implementations. The best-practices process of the OASIS UDDI Spec TC could serve as useful input.

3. Relationship with Other Activities

3.1 W3C-related activities

3.2 External groups

4. Membership, Meetings, and Logistics

To become a participant of the Working Group, a representative of a W3C Member organization must be nominated by their Advisory Committee Representative (details on how to join are on the group home page). The nomination must include explicit agreement to this charter, including its goals, the level of effort required and an IPR disclosure.

Experts from appropriate communities may also be invited to join the working group, following the normal process.

Each Working Group participant is expected to contribute 20%, or at least a day per week to this group.

All proceedings of the Working Group (mail archives, telecon minutes, ftf minutes) will be available to the public.

4.1 Email communication

The mailing list for group communication is public-swbp-wg@w3.org.

4.2 Group home page

The Working Group will have a home page that records the history of the group, provides access to the archives, meeting minutes, updated schedule of deliverables, membership list, and relevant documents and resources. The page will be available to the public and will be maintained by one of the co-chairs in collaboration with the W3C team contact.

4.3 Telephone meetings

The Working Group will hold teleconferences approximately every two weeks. Participation in phone conferences is limited to members of the working group. The Chair may, at his discretion, invite guest experts to attend particular phone conferences. An IRC channel may be used to supplement teleconferences.

Meeting records should be made available within two days of each telephone meeting.

4.4 Face-to-face meetings

Participation in face-to-face meetings is limited to working group members and observers invited by the Chair. Observers may take part in decision-making at the discretion of the Chair.

In addition to the required two annual face-to-face meetings, the Working Group may schedule other face-to-face meetings in a manner that maximizes co-location with events that Working Group members might be attending anyway.

The Chair makes Working Group meeting dates and locations available to the group at least eight weeks before the meeting, per W3C Process.

5. Resources

5.1 Working Group participation

To be successful, we expect to have approximately 20 active participants for the duration of this Working Group. We also expect a large public review group that will participate in the mailing list discussions.

5.2 W3C team involvement

The W3C Team expects to allocate the equivalent of 40% of a full-time person to this work for the duration of this working group; through 31 January 2006. This time includes the Team Contact effort as well as additional participation.

6. Intellectual Property Rights

This Working Group is operating under the W3C Patent Policy (20 May 2003 Version). To promote the widest adoption of Web standards, W3C seeks to issue Recommendations that can be implemented, according to this policy, on a Royalty-Free basis.

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