Plenary Meetings:

Monday, October 14; 11:00 - 12:00

Tuesday, October 15; 11:00 - 12:00

Wednesday, October 16; 11:00 - 12:00

Semantic Web Plenary: Eric Miller

Abstract: The Semantic Web is an evolution of the World Wide Web designed to support machine readable data as well as human readable material. The semantic web defines set of standardized representations for data (XML/RDF) and for the conceptual structures behind that data (RDF Schema, Web Ontology) to support a variety of new metadata applications. Technologies based on standards may be used to improve searching, navigation and management of content, data integration from disparate systems, discovery and composition of web services and facilitate software agents. This presentation will provide an overview of W3C's Semantic Web Activity as well as a discussion of the supporting technologies. A practical demonstration of these technologies for organizing and navigating distributed information on the web will also be provided.

Eric Miller is the Activity Lead for the W3C World Wide Web Consortium's Semantic Web Initiative.

Eric's responsibilities include the architectural and technical leadership in the design and evolution of Semantic Web infrastructure. Additional responsibilities include building support among user and vendor communities for the Semantic Web by illustrating the benefits to those communities and means of participating in the creation of a metadata-ready Web. And finally to establish liaisons with other technical standards bodies involved in Web-related technology to ensure compliance with existing Semantic Web standards and collect requirements for future W3C work.

Before joining the W3C, Eric was a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and the Associate Director of the The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative.

Eric holds a Research Scientist appointment at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science.

Thursday, October 17; 16:30 - 17:30