Towards the Data Web
Hear the answers to such questions as, why are people trying to build the Data Web? How can we build scalable and deployable query systems? How can we create large shared vocabularies?
[Part of the Emerging Technology Forum Series]
Recent industrial initiatives, such as Web Services and the Semantic Web, aim to create a internet-sized web of machine readable data (which I'm calling the Data Web). This is not an easy thing to do, and there are a large number of problems which need to be solved for this to happen. In this talk, I'll describe some of the problems, and discuss ways to solve them. In particular, I'll focus on the following questions:
- Why are people trying to build the Data Web?
- How can we build scalable and deployable query systems? In particular, I'll talk about a simple, but general query interface called GetData.
- How can we create large shared vocabularies? One of the major problems in building the semantic web is defining vocabularies, so that different programs can communicate and understand each other. I'll introduce a bootstrap process, called Semantic Negotiation, which enables two programs to build a large shared vocabulary from smaller ones.
I'll also describe TAPache, a system that implements both the GetData interface and Semantic Negotiation, and show how it can be used to implement a system which augments traditional web searches using information from the Data Web.
About the Presenter
R.V. Guha has been working in the area of Semantics for about 15 years. He was a co-director of the Cyc project from '87 to '94. Then, at Netscape he helped create RDF, which is now the core standard behind the Semantic Web initiative. He is currently a researcher at IBM Almaden. He has a PhD in computer science from Stanford.
Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield, Room H-1
Palo Alto, CA
7:00-7:30pm registration/networking/open forum/pizza
7:30pm Guest speaker
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