The mission of the Common Web Language Incubator Group, part of the Incubator Activity, is to develop the CWL (Common Web Language), a common language for exchanging information through the web and also for enabling computers to process information semantically. A pilot model of CWL platform will also be developed on the web. The CWL is used to describe contents and meta-data of web pages written in natural languages. Then CWL will realize a language barrier free world in the web and will also enable computers to extract semantic information and knowledge from web pages accurately.
|End date||15 November 2007|
|Confidentiality||Proceedings are public|
|Initial Chairs||Hiroshi Uchida (ISeC)|
|Usual Meeting Schedule||Teleconferences: once/month
Face-to-face: twice a year W3C10Asia; AC Meeting(Tokyo) 28Nov. 2006 in Japan and May 2007 in Canada
An attempt to describe texts in the web in a common language is promoted in the Semantic Web Activity. The RDF/OWL is used as a basic description language and can be used to describe texts in web pages. However, RDF/OWL is originally designed to describe meta-data of resources, and at this moment, there is no standard set of properties and vocabulary to cover various web pages. There are some activities to provide common bases for describing information in the web such as the WordNet, NICT-EDR Electronic Dictionary for providing lexical bases, Conceptual Graphs for providing a representation basis. The CWL initiative is an activity quite different from those activities. The CWL will provide not only representation scheme but also a vocabulary with semantic background. It is an initiative to integrate existing and ongoing activities for providing a common description language with unambiguous grammar and enough amount of lexicons based on the CDL (Concept Description Language) scheme aiming at describing every kind of information understandable for computers.
The CWL has the following characteristics.
Note: The CDL (Concept Description Language) is a language proposed by ISeC for Semantic Computing (SeC) R&D. CDL is fundamental language within SeC (Semantic Computing) framework. CDL describes semantic/conceptual structure of contents (resources). On the other hand, XML annotates syntactic structures of contents, and RDF/OWL describes properties of resources (contents). Structure description and property description are utterly different but complementary as well. Therefore, CDL and RDF/OWL are complementary. Accordingly, in developing of CDL, the environment of RDF/OWL will be utilized and the implementation method in RDF/OWL will be also proposed.
Natural language processing researcher, the linguist, and artificial intelligence researcher will participate in the XG. And the groups which utilize CWL contents for the web will be also welcomed.
Information about the group (deliverables, participants, face-to-face meetings, teleconferences, etc.) is available from the Common Web Language Incubator Group home page.
As explained in the Process Document (section 3.3), this group will seek to make decisions when there is consensus. When the Chair puts a question and observes dissent, after due consideration of different opinions, the Chair should record a decision (possibly after a formal vote) and any objections, and move on.
This Incubator Group provides an opportunity to share perspectives on the topic addressed by this charter. W3C reminds Incubator Group participants of their obligation to comply with patent disclosure obligations as set out in Section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy. While the Incubator Group does not produce Recommendation-track documents, when Incubator Group participants review Recommendation-track specifications from Working Groups, the patent disclosure obligations do apply.
Incubator Groups have as a goal to produce work that can be implemented on a Royalty Free basis, as defined in the W3C Patent Policy.
For more information about disclosure obligations for this group, please see the W3C Patent Policy Implementation.
This charter for the Common Web Language Incubator Group has been created according to the Incubator Group Procedures documentation. In the event of a conflict between this document or the provisions of any charter and the W3C Process, the W3C Process shall take precedence.
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