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making the Semantic Web real

January 2004

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Researchers at HP Labs involved in Semantic Web research edited and contributed to a special issue of the IEEE Data Engineering Bulletin, "Making the Semantic Web Real."

Harumi Kuno and Kevin Wilkinson, who are working with many others in HP Labs to move Semantic Web technologies from the research domain into practical, scalable and robust applications for HP, co-edited the issue with Umesh Dayal, an Associate Editor of the bulletin. and director of HP's Intelligent Enterprise Technologies Lab.

Dayal said he chose this topic for the special issue because he sees opportunities for contributions by the database community to the Semantic Web, an initiative by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to develop standards and tools for the next-generation Web. Dayal, Kuno and Wilkinson all have a background in database research.

The bulletin includes an article by an HP Labs team that includes Kuno, Wilkinson, Craig Sayers, Dave Reynolds and former HP Labs intern Luping Ding (a PhD student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute). The article, "Supporting Scalable, Persistent Semantic Web Applications," describes new techniques they developed for efficient storage and retrieval of Resource Description Framework (RDF) graphs in relational databases.

This work was part of a cross-lab collaboration on the next generation of Jena, a Java framework for writing Semantic Web applications that was developed by the Semantic Web research group in HP Labs Bristol (UK).

HP Labs has a significant effort directed toward the Semantic Web. In particular, the Bristol team has made considerable contributions to W3C standards and tools, including development of Jena. Other teams are working on Semantic Web-enabled Web services and developing a Semantic Metadata Repository.

by Jamie Beckett

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