NEPOMUK presentation @ MIT


Already more than two weeks ago I was there, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, having a meeting with Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web, and two of his senior researchers at MIT CSAIL / W3C, Ralph Swick and Dan Connolly.

In the 2.5 hours meeting, we briefly discussed some of my previous work in the MedCIRCLE project, which also was Semantic Web related and provided metadata on health information websites. Most of the time, of course, was spent on NEPOMUK and the gnowsis system. The presentation slides are here.

On the day before, TBL had presented the Semantic Web vision in his keynote address at AAAI-06. Many artificial intelligence researchers still do not see (or do not want to see?) the potential of the Semantic Web, especially for AI. This–at least, it is my own experience–is due to their lack of knowledge about what the Semantic Web is. I hope TBL could convince some more people during his talk. For us in the NEPOMUK project, based on his talk, I can confirm that our approach of the Semantic Desktop is fully compatible with his vision.

During the meeting we touched only some technical bits of the current gnowsis implementation, i.e., the Personal Information Model PIMO and the Miquire sidebar. The accessibility of PIMO concepts, for example http://ontologies.opendfki.de/repos/ontologies/pim/pimo#Person for the concept Person, was checked instantly using their generic data browser: Tabulator – Async Javascript And Semantic Web. Check out this really useful tool!

The meeting was a very pleasant experience. TBL and his group have not been aware of NEPOMUK and would like to be kept informed about our progress. ISWC 2006 presents itself as the next good opportunity to do so as NEPOMUK project members will be there as well as TBL.

P.S.: One side remark from TBL on „NEPOMUK“ and „gnowsis“ was that both names were really hard to pronounce.

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