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December 2008

Corporate Semantic Web Co-Editors Help World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) with Rule Interchange Format Working Drafts

2008-12-19 19:33

Rule markup languages will be the vehicle for using rules on the Web and in other distributed systems. They allow deploying, executing, publishing and communicating rules in a network. They may also play the role of a lingua franca for exchanging rules between different systems and tools. The main purposes of a rule markup language are to permit reuse, interchange and publication of rules used e.g., in a Corporate Semantic Web to represent business rules, semantic business process flows, regulations, and policies.

2008 sees a major step forward for rules on the Web. The W3C Rule Interchange Format (RIF) Working Group [1] has published several public specifications for a new standardized Rule Interchange Format (W3C RIF) which is part of the latest Semantic Web stack [2].

The Rule Interchange Format (RIF) Working Group has just published five new Working Drafts.  Since the Last Call Working Drafts of RIF Basic Logic Dialect (BLD) [3] and RIF RDF and OWL Compatibility [4] in July, the group has been developing other dialects, components, and test cases.

The new publications are:


   RIF Use Cases and Requirements (minor changes)



   RIF Core (new design to support both BLD and PRD)


   RIF Datatypes and Built-Ins 1.0 (various improvements)



   RIF Production Rule Dialect (PRD)  (operational semantics are complete)


   RIF Test Cases (early stages of test suite)



Feedback and comments from the community at large are welcome and should be sent to: public-rif-comments@w3.org before 23 January 2009, 2008. All comments (and responses to them) will be available at the public archive [5].


The Corporate Semantic Web Group at the Free University Berlin have been actively involved in this standardization effort and Adrian Paschke, who leads the CSW group, has co-edited several of the above documents.


[1] http://www.w3.org/2005/rules

[2] http://www.w3.org/2007/03/layerCake.png

[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-rif-bld-20080730/

[4] http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-rif-rdf-owl-20080730/

[5] archived at http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-rif-comments/

Corporate Semantic Web hosts the W3C HCLS Knowledge Base

2008-12-15 20:52

Corporate Semantic Web at the Free University Berlin is hosting the W3C biomedical knowledge base of the Semantic Web in Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group (HCLS).

What is the W3C HCLS IG?

The W3C Health Care and Life Science Interest Group (W3C HCLS IG http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/hcls/) is chartered to develop and support the use of Semantic Web technologies and practices to improve collaboration, research and development, and innovation adoption in the Health Care and Life Science domains.
It is structured into six task-forces:
  1. BioRDF (Structured Data to RDF)
  2. Scientific Discourse
  3. Clinical Decision Support
  4. Clinical Observations Interoperability
  5. Linking Open Drug Data
  6. Terminology
More Informations about the W3C HCLS KB hosted at the Free University Berlin can be found here

International Conference on Semantic Systems (i-Semantic 09)

2008-12-01 19:37

Graz, Austria, 2-4 September 2009

I-SEMANTICS 09 offers a forum of exchange for innovative businesses and research institutions and companies that concentrate on semantic technologies. Vendors and developers of semantic technologies and applications will present their products and services to the public. Leading international experts will discuss state of the art developments and future trends from the technological, economical and social view and present up-to-the-minute research & development in semantic systems.

For more information see:


Co-Organized by Corporate Semantic Web

4th International Pragmatic Web Track (ICPW 2009)

2008-12-01 19:20

co-located with i-Semantics 2009, Graz, Austria, 2-4 September 2009

THE PRAGMATIC WEB CONFERENCE (ICPW 2009) is a unique forum to envision and debate how the emerging social, semantic, multimedia Web mediates the ways in which we construct shared meaning. While there is much research and development into topics relevant to this challenge such as collaboration, usability, knowledge representation, media, and social informatics, the Pragmatic Web conference provides common ground for dialogue at the nexus of these topics.

WE INVITE YOU as a researcher or practitioner working on these challenges to join us in September to share your work, and to come and find out what others are doing. This is an emerging network of people exploring the intersection of established intellectual traditions and the fast changing Web: come and help shape the community!

For more information see:


Organized by Corporate Semantic Web

Web Awareness Barometer 2008

2008-12-01 11:41

Will the Semantic Web ever hit the market? What is missing to make it a reality? Tell us what you think in our current survey, the Web Awareness Barometer 2008.

Please participate!

This year, which is already beginning to draw to a close, has seen many exciting developments on the Semantic Web, in particular in the area of Corporate Semantic Web, Pragmatic Web and Linked Data.

But, as past technological evolutions have shown: many innovations that researchers and experts get excited about today, won't even have entered the market the day after tomorrow.

This is why we would like to know how you feel about the state of the Semantic Web in 2008: Please participate in our survey:

Web Awareness Barometer 2008

This is not only an excellent opportunity to give feedback to science and development, but also your chance to win a set of two tickets for the i-Know / i-Semantics conference which is going to take place in Graz in September 2009 (value: about € 700).

The survey is conducted by the Semantic Web Company, Corporate Semantic Web, and the Know-Center Graz.

- your participation contributes to gaining a better understanding of the potentials and barriers for the application of new web technologies.

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This work has been partially supported by the  InnoProfile-Corporate Semantic Web project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the BMBF Innovation Initiative for the New German Länder - Entrepreneurial Regions.
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