Testimonials for W3C's Semantic Web Recommendations - RDF and OWL

These testimonials are in support of W3C's Semantic Web Recommendations - RDF and OWL .

As the leading provider of content creation tools to help people communicate better, adding intelligence to media via metadata was integral to our strategy. We developed Adobe XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform) based on RDF, because it provided a flexible and interoperable framework for fostering the capture, preservation, and interchange of metadata across digital media and workflows. The Adobe Creative Suite provides a design platform that enables creative professional to create information rich assets powered by XMP that can be more effectively repurposed and consumed across multiple media and diverse domains.

-- David Burkett, Director of Product Management, Adobe Systems

Aduna B.V., located in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, http://aduna.biz/, is very pleased to see both RDF and OWL become W3C recommendations. For a company at the forefront of the developing products based on Semantic Web technology, stable and well-engineered language standards are crucial for our development work, for our products and for our customers. Our current products such as the Sesame platform for storing and querying meta-data heavily exploits the open framework that RDF provides, and we expect to move to the use of OWL in the future. We will continue to support the open standards defined by W3C by our continued development of both commercial and open source software based on these standards.

-- Martien van Steenbergen, CEO , Aduna BV

The Semantic Web is the representation of data on the World Wide Web. It gives information a well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation. Being committed to open standards, AGFA actively participates in the Semantic Web Activity and is very glad to see RDF and OWL as a W3C Recommendation. They are great, for instance, to categorize medical images and their related data.

-- Jos De Roo, RDFCore and WebOnt WG member, AGFA Gevaert N.V.

Boeing is a member of the W3C and is an early adopter of RDF, OWL and related Semantic Web technologies. Boeing has a number of projects exploring semantics-based applications in various areas including information and application integration and interoperability, publish/subscribe, knowledge management and network centric operations. These technologies are expected to have a strong impact on future Boeing programs. Ontologies have become fairly widespread in their use and automated reasoning tools are becoming mature. The time is ripe for standards in this area, and for widespread tool support from vendors.

-- James L. Phillips, Director, Mathematics and Computing Technology, Boeing Phantom Works

Brandsoft’s product offerings are one of the first commercial implementations of Semantic Web components, mainly RDF. Our belief is that enterprises that standardize on a common metadata framework, like RDF, will gain significant value, agility, and substantial cost reduction. They will also benefit from the ability to provide value added services and applications within their extended enterprise community (employees, customers, partners, etc.). As a result of using RDF, Brandsoft has developed a standards based platform with the ability to integrate the various tools needed to: Create, manage and reuse content; Publishing capabilities for differing languages, media, and devices; Establish relationships between people, processes, and systems.

-- Frank Careccia, Vice President – Engineering and CTO, Brandsoft, Inc.

The University of Bristol is delighted to see the publication of the W3C RDF and OWL Recommendations. The University is a strong supporter of open standards and a long-term participant in the RDF work and considers the Semantic Web as important in developing advanced learning and research technologies for education.
Successful RDF-based projects at the University include representing metadata schemas, describing thesauri, events and calendaring, syndicating news, web site annotation and trust and smarter web searching for digital libraries. The University intends to continue developing projects, software and services based on this work.

-- Alison Allden, Director, Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT), University of Bristol

The efforts of Creative Commons to encourage permitted sharing and reuse of works are greatly enhanced by the availability and continued development of RDF, which serves as the machine-readable layer for our "some rights reserved" licenses. One year after launch there are over one million Creative Commons-licensed works published on the web, supported by RDF-aware blog, browser, graphics, music, publishing, search and validation applications and services. The upcoming new and revised components of the RDF specification suite will provide a great boost to the understanding and adoption of RDF, and thus our work to cultivate an ecology of Creative Commons-aware software.

-- Mike Linksvayer, CTO, Creative Commons

The DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML) program is pleased to endorse the OWL Web Ontology Language produced by the W3C Web Ontology Working Group based on the DAML+OIL language developed by the DAML program and its European Union collaborators. We view OWL as a major advancement for the Semantic Web, and have been using it extensively as part of our on-going work to develop Semantic Web tools, rules, and services. We look forward to the wide scale deployment of OWL on the World Wide Web.

-- Mark Greaves, Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, U.S. Department of Defense

Fujitsu Laboratories of America - College Park is currently using OWL as an integral part of our work on "Task Computing." Task Computing is a novel integration of the Semantic Web with Web Services to provide users with easier ways of achieving complicated goals in mobile and/or ubiquitous computing environments. Ontologies defined in OWL give us a powerful mechanism for reasoning about the composition of heterogeneous services and the use of Web Services lets us access real devices and displays. Together they enable new and rich forms of interaction between users and their computing environment. The standardization of OWL and RDF will facilitate the acceptance of innovative software methods such as Task Computing.

-- Dr. Kazuhiro Matsuo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Fujitsu Laboratories of America

HP actively supports the development of the Semantic Web and welcomes the new RDF and OWL Recommendations. HP's Semantic Web developers' framework, Jena, (http://jena.sourceforge.net/) is an open-source, freely available, implementation of both Recommendations, with a large and active developer community. We look forward to the Web-scale machine integration of knowledge and information that these new Recommendations support.

-- Per-Kristian Halvorsen, Vice-President and Center Director, Solutions and Services Research Center, HP Laboratories

IBM has a history of using progressive research to deliver business value today and in the future. Our research work with the Semantic Web has the potential to open the Internet to even more powerful applications. Within IBM we have many active research projects working with both RDF and OWL. Our first public Semantic Web project, SnoBase, released on AlphaWorks, is a framework for loading ontologies from files and using the Internet for locally creating, modifying, querying, and storing ontologies. It provides a mechanism for querying ontologies and an easy-to-use programming interface for interacting with vocabularies of standard ontology specification languages including RDF, RDF Schema, and OWL. SnoBase can help a broad range of business applications that need knowledge sharing and reuse as well as information search and navigation by using reasoning within a generic management environment.

-- Alfred Z. Spector, vice president, Services and Software, IBM Research

INRIA is pleased to see the publication of OWL and RDF as W3C Recommendations. They will provide standard and stable grounds for our developments on searching Web resources - through the CORESE search engine - and on adapting knowledge sources - through the Transmorpher transformation engine and alignment tools. INRIA already takes advantage of available API for OWL and RDF, and expects these developments to boost the Semantic Web deployment.

-- Gérard Giraudon, Director for Development and Industrial Relations, INRIA

The Maryland Information and Network Dynamics (MIND) Laboratory at the University of Maryland focuses on helping to speed up the transition of research into practice by partnering with industrial and/or government teams in projects focused on advanced technology deployment. The Semantic Web was identified by our lab as a priority area for this transition, and we are working with a diverse set of partners in bringing this important technology into wider practice. The MIND Laboratory is proud to have co-chaired the Web Ontology Working Group and believes OWL will be an important language in bringing the Semantic Web to its full potential.

-- Jim Hendler, Director of Semantic Web and Agent Technologies, MIND Laboratory, University of Maryland

The use of ontologies is a key requirement for realizing the ubiquitous computing vision. Ontologies defined in the Web Ontology Language OWL can help ubiquitous and pervasive computer systems to share information and knowledge, reason about their environment and interoperate. The Semantic Web in UbiComp Special Interest Group is an international group of researchers from academia and industry that is using OWL for pervasive computing applications and defining ontology-driven use cases demonstrating aspects of the ubiquitous computing vision.

-- Harry Chen, Department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

McDonald Bradley, Inc. (MBI) is leveraging the expressiveness and flexibility of the Resource Description Framework (RDF) today in its support of many Department of Defense and Intelligence Community customers. Specifically, the RDF model was a core design feature of the DOD Discovery Metadata Specification (DDMS) Schema. RDF achieving the status of W3C Recommendation will increase the number of tools while stabilizing their maturity and features. This will enable MBI to better deliver robust Semantic Web applications to its customers as they move towards Net-Centric applications.

-- Michael C. Daconta, Chief Scientist, Advanced Programs Group, MBI

Mondeca is happy to welcome the advancement of OWL to W3C recommendation. Always eager to make its technology conformant to the widest range of semantic standards, the company has started to use OWL since mid-2003 in customers applications, to describe and set up knowledge models in its ontology-driven knowledge management platform, ITM.
ITM ontology layer was beforehand specified using proprietary internal representation. Using OWL provides ITM with new capacity to describe it in a standard and interoperable format, to re-use customer-defined or public domain ontologies, and paves the way to future developments integrating the power of inference tools.

-- Bernard Vatant, Senior Consultant, Knowledge Engineering, Mondeca

RDF gives us a data model for describing information organization structures (metadata) for collections of networked information. Mozilla uses it as a standard way to represent the many different structures we use to organize the various kinds of information we handles --- from bookmarks and email folders to address books and web services. RDF remains important on the browser side not only because of these current uses but also because of developing trends such as web logs and news feeds that are based on RDF. This ability to deal with meta-data independent of the protocols and formats associated with the data is essential in moving the web forward.

-- Ben Goodger, Lead Engineer, Mozilla Firebird, The Mozilla Foundation

Network Inference congratulates the co-chairs and members of the W3C's Web-Ontology (WebOnt) Working Group for their outstanding work on OWL. OWL is a core component in building the semantic web, and in delivering the means for true machine interoperation. OWL is central to the solutions that Network Inference is fielding with enterprises today. The quality of the Working Group's members, activities and outputs provide OWL with robustness and integrity, and instill the level of confidence in the language which is required for wide adoption. Network Inference is committed to continuing to active contributions to W3C's efforts in this area.

-- Jack Berkowitz, Vice President, Engineering, Network Inference (Holdings) Ltd

Nokia congratulates the W3C on the promotion of the new RDF and OWL specifications to full recommendations, which are expected to provide a solid foundation for the development of the Semantic Web. Having participated actively in both the RDF Core and Web Ontology Working Groups since their inception, Nokia is well aware of the enormous effort that has gone into this work, and applauds the hard-earned success of the Working Group members.

-- Timo Poikolainen, Vice President of Marketing, Technology Platforms, Nokia

Profium is pleased to see updated RDF specifications reach recommendation status with W3C. Profium has been promoting the use of Semantic Web technologies with its flagship product Semantic Information Router (SIR) since its introduction in April 2001. Profium sees the power of RDF and OWL best unleashed in the context of portal solutions that ask for metadata repositories that can index both content and service descriptions.

-- Janne Saarela, Managing Director, Profium Ltd.

Semaview understands the immense value of the emerging Semantic Web and currently provides RDF versions of every calendar published onto the eventSherpa Network. As more semantic islands are created and connected, using RDF and OWL, new and exciting technology services will be created. Semaview believes that innovation will flourish with the birth of this truly intelligent Internet based on the W3C's Semantic Web work.

--Paul Cowles, VP, Development and Operations, Semaview, Inc.

The University of Southampton and the Advanced Knowledge Technologies interdisciplinary research collaboration (AKT IRC) enthusiastically endorse the W3C Resource Description Framework recommendations. The RDF suite of specifications are fundamentally important to the success of the W3C's Semantic Web initiative. RDF provides a common framework for the expression of metadata and metadata schemata. Such metadata support the semantic annotation of Web content and services, which underpin knowledge integration and exchange. A number of leading research projects within the University and AKT IRC are making extensive use of RDF, including our scalable open-source RDF repository software, 3store.

The University of Southampton and the Advanced Knowledge Technologies interdisciplinary research collaboration (AKT IRC) enthusiastically endorse the W3C OWL Web Ontology Language recommendation, a key specification in the W3C's Semantic Web initiative. OWL permits the definition of sophisticated ontologies, a fundamental requirement in the integration of heterogeneous information content. OWL ontologies will also be important for the characterization of interoperable services for knowledge-intensive processing on the Web. Research on next-generation products and services within the University and AKT IRC is incorporating OWL as standard.

-- Professor Nigel Shadbolt (Director), Professor David De Roure (Head of Grid and Pervasive Computing), and Dr Nicholas Gibbins, AKT IRC, University of Southampton

Sun Microsystems, a member of the W3C and the Web Ontology Working Group, wishes to congratulate the co-chairs and members of the W3C working groups on the successful publication of the RDF and OWL recommendations. Sun's own internal enterprise ontology management solution is based on RDF and associated Semantic Web technologies. RDF provides Sun with the foundation for superior knowledge aggregation and application integration.

-- Lew Tucker, V.P. Internet Services, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

TopQuadrant is encouraged by today’s announcement and strongly supports W3C's standardization of OWL. Our Government clients understand that the demands of e-Government solutions, such as Federal Enterprise Architecture, digital preservation (NARA) and aerospace programs (NASA) go beyond the current capabilities of XML. They realize that semantic technologies are essential and, in particular, that OWL is critically important for consistent and flexible enterprise data integration. In response to strong interest expressed by our clients, TopQuadrant offers a continuing program of Briefings and Workshops on Semantic Technologies that showcase the use of RDF(S) and OWL.

-- Robert Coyne, President, TopQuadrant

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