This Interest Group is Now Closed

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

News, Announcements

Wednesday, September 12th 2007

21:31:11, Categories: General

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.
By: Susie Stephens

Tuesday, June 5th 2007

15:01:58, Categories: Event calendar

Semantic Web Case Studies and Use Cases Published

The Semantic Web Education and Outreach (SWEO) Interest Group is pleased to announce the first set of Case Studies and Use Cases giving some examples of how the Semantic Web of machine readable data is used today. Applications are presented in areas ranging from automotive to health care, and from B2B systems to geographical information systems. The SWEO Interest Group will continue to publish new Case Studies and Use Cases in the future; an RSS feed for new submissions is available. A short overview is also available in Open Document Format, PDF, and HTML formats.
By: Susie Stephens

Tuesday, April 24th 2007

16:20:21, Categories: General, Event calendar

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.
By: Ivan Herman

Tuesday, March 6th 2007

17:14:35, Categories: General

Community Project Support

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.
By: Susie Stephens

Friday, January 26th 2007

17:39:35, Categories: Event calendar

Community Semantic Web Projects

SWEO wishes to encourage developers to come together to work on some Semantic Web projects. This rally has the goal of using our collective input to generating real running code, that can help us to demonstrate the value of the Semantic Web to a wide user base. More information is available on the Community Projects Wiki page.
By: Susie Stephens

Wednesday, November 22nd 2006

17:36:38, Categories: General

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.

By: Ivan Herman

Tuesday, October 24th 2006

08:05:51, Categories: Event calendar

IG face to face meeting announced

The (first) face to face meeting of the Semantic Web Education and Outreach Interest Group takes place between November 14 and 15, 2006, in Burlington, MA, USA, hosted by Oracle. Members of the interest group may register for the meeting using the registration form; the agenda of the meeting is also publicly available.

By: Ivan Herman

Tuesday, September 12th 2006

13:43:14, Categories: General

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.

By: Ivan Herman

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