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Semantic Web

In addition to the classic “Web of documents” W3C is helping to build a technology stack to support a “Web of data,” the sort of data you find in databases. The ultimate goal of the Web of data is to enable computers to do more useful work and to develop systems that can support trusted interactions over the network. The term “Semantic Web” refers to W3C’s vision of the Web of linked data. Semantic Web technologies enable people to create data stores on the Web, build vocabularies, and write rules for handling data. Linked data are empowered by technologies such as RDF, SPARQL, OWL, and SKOS.

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The Semantic Web is a Web of data — of dates and titles and part numbers and chemical properties and any other data one might conceive of. RDF provides the foundation for publishing and linking your data. Various technologies allow you to embed data in documents (RDFa, GRDDL) or expose what you have in SQL databases, or make it available as RDF files.

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At times it may be important or valuable to organize data. Using OWL (to build vocabularies, or “ontologies”) and SKOS (for designing knowledge organization systems) it is possible to enrich data with additional meaning, which allows more people (and more machines) to do more with the data.

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Query languages go hand-in-hand with databases. If the Semantic Web is viewed as a global database, then it is easy to understand why one would need a query language for that data. SPARQL is the query language for the Semantic Web.

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Near the top of the Semantic Web stack one finds inference — reasoning over data through rules. W3C work on rules, primarily through RIF and OWL, is focused on translating between rule languages and exchanging rules among different systems.

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W3C is working with different industries — for example in Health Care and Life Sciences, eGovernment, and Energy — to improve collaboration, research and development, and innovation adoption through Semantic Web technology. For instance, by aiding decision-making in clinical research, Semantic Web technologies will bridge many forms of biological and medical information across institutions.

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A draft of a new article, Time & date, Essential concepts is out for wide review. We are looking for comments by 22 June.

This article introduces a number of basic concepts needed to understand other articles that deal with time zones and handling of dates and times on the Web.

Please send any comments as github issues by clicking on the link “Leave a comment” at the bottom of the article. (This will add some useful information to your comment.)

Note that some links don’t work because this is in a test location. No need to report those.

The  OntoLex  community group is proud to announce the publication of the final specification of  lemon, the lexicon model for ontologies. The aim of lemon is to provide rich linguistic grounding for ontologies, including the representation of morphological and syntactic properties of lexical entries and the meaning of these lexical entries with respect to an ontology or vocabulary. Lemon allows to publish lexica or terminological data on the web as linked data.

For twenty-five years the Internationalization & Unicode® Conference (IUC) has been the preeminent event highlighting the latest innovations and best practices of global and multilingual software providers. The 40th conference will be held this year on November 1-3, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.

The deadline for speaker submissions is Monday, 4 April, so don’t forget to send in an abstract if you want to speak at the conference.

The Program Committee will notify authors by Friday, May 13, 2016. Final presentation materials will be required from selected presenters by Friday, July 22, 2016.

Tutorial Presenters receive complimentary conference registration, and two nights lodging, while Session Presenters receive a fifty percent conference discount and two nights lodging.

FREME  is a project that is developing a  Framework  for multilingual and semantic enrichment of digital content. A key aspect of the framework is that it puts standards and best practices in the area of  linguistic linked data  and multilingual content processing in action. We will introduce the framework in a dedicated webinar on 22 February, 4 p.m. CET. If you are interested in participating please contact  Nieves Sande  and  Felix Sasaki for further logistics.

This tutorial workshop, sponsored by the Unicode Consortium and organized by the German University of Technology in Muscat, Oman, is a three-day event designed to familiarize the audience with the Unicode Standard and the concepts of internationalization. It is the first Unicode event to be held in the Middle East.

The workshop programincludes an introduction to Writing Systems & Unicode, plus presentations on Arabic Typography, web best practices, mobile internationalization, and more.

The workshop websiteprovides full information about the event. Early bird registration lasts until January 31, 2016, but register early to ensure a place.

This video  explains what Linguistic Linked Data is and summarizes the outcomes of the  LIDER project . This includes best practices for working with Linguist Linked Data, a reference architecture and a roadmap for future activities around Linguistic Linked Data. The video has been produced by the LIDER project and has been published during the  European Data Forum 2015 event.

The Internationalization Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Internationalization Best Practices for Spec Developers.

This document provides a checklist of internationalization-related considerations when developing a specification. Most checklist items point to detailed supporting information in other documents. Where such information does not yet exist, it can be given a temporary home in this document. The dynamic page Internationalization Techniques: Developing specificationsis automatically generated from this document.

The current version is still a very early draft, and it is expected that the information will change regularly as new content is added and existing content is modified in the light of experience and discussion.

The  BPMLOD community group  has published three best practices for working with Multilingual Linked Data. The best practices are around  bilingual dictionaries multilingual dictionaries  and  multilingual terminologies. The BPMLOD group will continue to work on further best practices related to other types of language resources.

In the last two years, the  LIDER project  has organized several  roadmapping events  to gather a broad community around the topic of linguistic linked data. On October 20th 2015 LIDER will engage with two selected communities: linguistics and experts in digital humanities, via a national roadmapping workshop that will take place in Spain. The  7th LIDER roadmapping workshop  will focus on these topics and will be held in Madrid at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. The participation will be free and open. Spanish will be the main language of the event. For more information also about participation please visit the workshop website  http://lider-project.eu/workshopMadrid/

In the last two years, the  LIDER project  has organized several  roadmapping events  to gather a broad community around the topic of linguistic linked data. In October this year, LIDER will engage with two selected communities: linguistics and experts in digital humanities, via a national roadmapping workshop that will take place in Spain. The  7th LIDER roadmapping workshop  will focus on these topics and will be held in Madrid at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. The participation will be free and open. Spanish will be the main language of the event. For more information also about participation please visit the workshop website  http://lider-project.eu/workshopMadrid/

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  • 2016-11-30 (30 NOV) 2016-12-01 ( 1 DEC)

    Smart Descriptions & Smarter Vocabularies (SDSVoc)

    Amsterdam

    CWI with support from the VRE4EIC project

    The workshop will cover a variety of related issues: how to manage a vocabulary in a collaborative environment, how to define an application profile for human and machine consumption, how to request data using a specific profile and, as a prime example of all this - experiences of using DCAT that might lead to its extension.

  • 2017-04-03 ( 3 APR) 2017-04-07 ( 7 APR)

    WWW2017

    Perth, Australia

  • 2018-04-23 (23 APR) 2018-04-27 (27 APR)

    WWW2018

    Lyon, France

See full list of W3C Events.