Semantic Web Applied Ontology (SWAO)

The SWAO SIG aims at bridging the gap between the Semantic Web community and the Ontology community.

SWAO SIG website 

Mission Statement

The role that ontologies play or can play in designing and employing semantic technologies has been widely acknowledged by the Semantic Web and Linked Data communities. But the level of collaboration between these communities and the Applied Ontology community has been much less than expected.

These communities actually share many common goals, common technologies, and a common interest in well-engineered applied ontologies. Many of those in the Applied Ontology community promote and use Semantic Web technologies and reasoning methods in everyday practice; similarly, many in the Semantic Web community advocate more rigorous and principled ontologies based on ontological analysis. All the communities share the need for a common semantic understanding and a formal representation of the domain at hand. The Semantic Web, Linked Data, and Big Data communities also have challenges to do with large scale applications and linking of vast heterogeneous data, so these communities also have different foci.

The Semantic Web Applied Ontology (SWAO) Special Interest Group is established to bring all perspectives to the table, thus creating a forum for the multiple communities to work collaboratively in tackling common problems. All are welcome to participate regardless of membership or affiliation.

Welcome to the new IAOA Semantic Web Applied Ontology blog. The goal of this blog is to encourage dialog about ontologies, their uses (and misuses), their application in various areas such as Big Data, and more.

Basically, any question, problem or ontology-related observation may be posted in order to get feedback and the insights and opinions of the experts. (And remember that the "experts" include you!)

Take a minute to contribute and come back to engage and learn. And, if you want to post to the blog (and find that you don't have the privilege), please email either:
  • mbennett [at] hypercube dot co dot uk
  • arwesterinen [at] gmail dot com
Looking forward to the dialogs to come!

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