This Interest Group is now closed: its official charter expired on the 31st of March, 2008. Note, however, that some of the activities started by this Interest Group have not been stopped, but go on independently instead. These are:
The Semantic Web Education and Outreach (SWEO) Interest Group has been established to
develop strategies and materials to increase awareness among the Web community of
the need and benefit for the Semantic Web, and educate the Web community
regarding related solutions and technologies.
The scope of SWEO group includes:
- the development and collection of use and business cases, stemming from both user and vendor companies, and documenting the value of Semantic Web technologies
- identifying possible vertical markets and application areas for the Semantic Web
- production of clear guidelines for tutorials, presentations, teaching materials, FAQ-s, etc, targeted at different audiences
Cool URIs for the Semantic Web (First Public Draft)
SWEO has released a first Working Draft of a document explaining the effective use of URIs to enable the growth of the Semantic Web. The “Cool URIs for the Semantic Web”
discusses two strategies for choosing URIs for the Semantic Web, gives pointers to several Web sites that use these solutions, and briefly discusses why several other alternatives are less effective. Comments on this draft are requested by 21 January, to be integrated into a final document at the end of the Group’s charter.
Semantic Web logos
W3C has launched a new set of Semantic Web Logos
today, developed by the Semantic Web Education and Outreach Interest Group
and the Communication Team of W3C. The peeled back lid in the logo
invites you to Open Your Data to the Semantic Web!
Linking Open Data
The SWEO Community Project, Linking Open Data, is making great progress in incorporating new datasets. In early September, a new version of the DBpedia dataset was released. DBpedia is a community effort to extract structured information from Wikipedia and to make the data available on the Web. Users are now empowered to perform sophisticated queries against the data and to link to other datasets on the Web. DBpedia describes almost 2,000,000 “things” that include places, people, music albums, and movies. The dataset also has over 2,500,000 links to images, external web pages, and other RDF datasets. This week it has been announced that the WikiCompany dataset is also available. This dataset is a global company directory implemented as a Wiki. Currently, over 9,000 companies are included within WikiCompany. Congratulations to everyone involved in the project.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Semantic Web
The SWEO Interest Group is pleased to announce the first release of a frequently asked questions (FAQ)
document about the Semantic Web. It provides comprehensive answers to questions covering Semantic Web standards and their usage. This is an evolving document that will continue to be updated over time. There is also a Wiki site
where the community can contribute to the further evolution of this document, as well as an RSS1.0 feed
to help tracking changes on the FAQ.
SWEO was very impressed by the number of high quality ideas for community projects that were proposed. SWEO has decided to support the following four projects: FOAF based White Listing for Fighting Spam
, Interlinking Open Data on the Semantic Web
, Knowee/Contact Organizer
, and Powder Browser Extensions
. We encourage developers to sign up to participate in these projects, thereby helping to ensure their success.
Minutes of the f2f meetings are now public
The minutes of the first face-to-face meeting (held in Burlington, MA, US) are now public. Read the minutes to see the direction in which the group plans to focus its activities.
Interest Group Launched
W3C is pleased to announce the launch of this Interest Group, chaired by Susie Stephens (Oracle). The group is is chartered to collect proof-of-concept business cases, demonstration prototypes, etc, based on successful implementations of Semantic Web technologies, collect user experiences, develop and facilitate community outreach strategies, training and educational resources.
The group will hold its first face-to-face meeting mid November in the Boston area in the US. A separate announcement will follow including registration information.