Patel-Schneider "Building the Semantic Web Tower"
- Peter F. Patel-Schneider of Bell Labs will be speaking at HP Labs, Bristol
on 9th October at 1.30 pm.
The talk will take place in room Bonavista, if coming from outside HP please
e-mail me so that I can give your name to the gate. In any case, you should
be able to get in by giving my name at the gate.
Peter is one of the leading researchers in the Semantic Web community. He is
a key member of the Web Ontology Working Group. He was awarded the best
paper prize at the International Semantic Web Conference this summer.
Building the Semantic Web Tower
Peter F. Patel-Schneider
Bell Labs Research
The Semantic Web is supposed to be an extension of the World Wide Web where
the meaning of data is available to and processable by computers. The
Semantic Web is supposed to be built up of a tower of languages, one level
building on and extending the previous. However, there are several
impediments to the realization of this vision. First, meaning in the
current Semantic Web languages (RDF and RDFS) is not based on meaning in
the World Wide Web, so there is a discontinuity between the Semantic Web
and the World Wide Web, preventing information from the World Wide Web from
being used in the Semantic Web. Second, the current view of RDF and RDFS
makes the construction of more-powerful layers on top of them difficult at
best and maybe even impossible. I will discuss these problems, propose
solutions for parts of them, and lay out some potential solutions for other