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[p4-feedback] OWLED 2009 - Discussion on the Future of OWL

Rinke Hoekstra hoekstra at
Fri Oct 16 04:36:45 PDT 2009

(apologies for crossposts)

Dear All,

OWLED is not only about sharing OWL experiences, but also on the  
direction in which OWL should be developed. Day 1 of this year's OWLED  
will be concluded with a session on the future of OWL [4].

In anticipation of this session, we are soliciting (fresh, good) ideas  
and opinions on the next steps for OWL.

To give some ideas. Topics may touch upon a wide variety of OWL- 
related issues, such as much-needed language features (expressiveness,  
annotations, time, space), scalability, compatibility, interaction and  
interoperability with other languages (SKOS, RIF etc.), syntaxes,  
'spreading the word' (or, 'how not to evangelize too much'), tools,  
uncharted application domains, strategies to stimulate industry take- 
up, etc. etc. etc.

In particular, we would like to have your input on the last point: now  
that OWL 2 is in its final stage of development, how do we go about  
creating a mature 'market' for OWL-based technologies. What are the  
biggest hurdles ahead?

Please post your ideas as response to this email on public-owl-dev at 
, or privately to me.

Plenty of inspiration can be found on the workshop series homepage  
[1], OWLED taskforces [2], or by having a look at the papers of this  
year's OWLED at [3] or [4].

Looking forward to hearing from you! (and perhaps even meeting you  
next week... who knows?)


Rinke Hoekstra
Program Chair


Dr Rinke Hoekstra

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