Building Global Knowledge Webs
Knowledge Representation for the
Panel Session at the Fouth International Conference
on the World Wide Web, Boston, December 11-14, 1995.
The panel will explore how the contemporary theory and practice of
knowledge representation can guide evolution of World Wide Web applications
and protocols to make networked information more accessible, flexible, and
useful. Knowledge is information that you can use. Knowledge
representation allows computers to reconfigure and reuse information that they
store in ways not narrowly prespecified in advance.
The spectacular explosion of the World-Wide Web experiment into a
global information infrastructure over the past two years is creating
a foundation for global knowledge systems. The swelling flood of
readily-accessible information demands for knowledge-level tools to
aid consumers and producers alike in locating and managing
Top computer scientists will consider three central themes:
- How should we evolve the current Web into a world-wide knowledge
- How can distributed objects (e.g., CORBA,
ILU) provide a
low-latency and high-availability infrastructure to support this global
- How might knowledge-guided applications assist in the location,
management, and use of information, for example, in the area of electronic
The Web accesses a number of resources relevant for Knowledge
Representation and Distributed
- ANSA Distributed Objects for the World-Wide Web
This is a freely-available package whose objective is to provide a world of
objects for integration with Web applications.
- Common Lisp Web Server (CL-HTTP)
is freely-distributed world-wide and provides an extensible Web interface to
the world for Artificial Intelligence
systems, and other Common Lisp
- Inter-Language Unification (ILU)
ILU is a freely-available distributed-object system with a clean type system
that is generalized across a number of major programming languages
(e.g. Common Lisp, Java, C++, C, Python, Modula 3). Some consider ILU
more nimble and smaller than CORBA, while delivering the important subset of
- Knowledge Sharing Effort Public Library
This site provides a library of papers, email discussion archives, and
examples of knowledge sharing based on agreements about ontology and knowledge
representation. It includes software and documentation about the Ontolingua
tools for developing, maintaining, and delivering portable domain ontologies.
Includes a Lisp-based KIF parser and syntax checker. Pointers to work on
agents and other related work are included.
- KSL Interactive Network Services
:5915/ This site offers free, secure, on-line access to a number of
interactive tools related to creating, manipulating, and editing domain
ontologies. It includes the latest ontologies in the ontology library,
developed by academic and industrial users around the world, and available in
several knowledge representations and hypertext formats.
- Loom Knowledge Representation System
Loom, developed under ARPA sponsorship and
distributed world-wide, is a general-purpose knowledge representation system
that promotes the use of explicit, declarative domain models in constructing
intelligent systems and applications.