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Technical Documentation in the Semantic Web Community Group

The complexity of machines and software has grown dramatically in the past years. The technical documentation became a fundamental source for service technicians and professionals in their daily work. Fast and focused access methods are necessary to handle massive volumes of technical documents. Semantic technologies have proven their ability to improve accessibility of information (see Linked Open Data). However, existing corpora of technical documents are usually not semantically prepared. This group shall focus on applying semantic technologies to technical documentation. All peers (individuals or projects) can state their needs (input) and offers (output).

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Tools are up and running

Dear group members,

the following tools are now up and running:

  • Wiki: https://www.w3.org/community/semtechdoc/wiki/
  • GitHub Repository: https://github.com/semtechdoc/semtechdoc

I have already requested the addition of corresponding links to the Tools section on the community page.

Meanwhile, please review/edit/comment the group’s charter or add a use case (template) for technical documentation in the semantic web.

Best regards

Sebastian

What’s next #semtechdoc?

The group has been created, people are starting to join.

I have requested the following tools for the group, that shall facilitate our work:

  • Wiki
  • Issue Tracker
  • Mercurial Repository

I am preparing a Charter proposal that I will publish in the group’s wiki as soon as it is available. Everybody is invited to comment, edit and complement the charter. The charter shall clearly state the goal of this group. Therefore, I encourage everybody to state his/her personal expectations for this group. Feel free to leave a comment below this post or use one of our mailing lists (public-semtechdoc@w3.org, public-semtechdoc-contrib@w3.org, internal-semtechdoc@w3.org).

Here are some of my ideas for initial work and the charter:

  1. Define Use Cases for Technical Documentation in the Semantic Web
  2. Review existing Standards for Technical Documentation
  3. Develop an Ontology Specification for a general purpose representation for Technical Documentation in the Semantic Web
  4. Collect tools that support authoring, publishing and accessing Technical Documentation in the Semantic Web
  5. Define Test Cases / Competency Questions for the Use Cases

Best regards

Sebastian

Call for Participation in Technical Documentation in the Semantic Web Community Group

The Technical Documentation in the Semantic Web Community Group has been launched:


The complexity of machines and software has grown dramatically in the past years. The technical documentation became a fundamental source for service technicians and professionals in their daily work. Fast and focused access methods are necessary to handle massive volumes of technical documents. Semantic technologies have proven their ability to improve accessibility of information (see Linked Open Data). However, existing corpora of technical documents are usually not semantically prepared. This group shall focus on applying semantic technologies to technical documentation. All peers (individuals or projects) can state their needs (input) and offers (output).


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This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2015-10-26 by Sebastian Furth. The following people supported its creation: Sebastian Furth, Michael Petychakis, Felix Sasaki, Joachim Baumeister, Chris Chapman. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of the activities.

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