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Speaker(s): Bijan Parsia
Organiser: prof. m.c. schraefel, ph.d., f.bcs, cscs, c.eng
Time: 16/11/2005 14:00-14:50


There is now a W3C-blessed "Web Ontology Language" (OWL), with commercial support and surprisingly wide adoption (not to mention detractors). But what is a Web ontology and how is it distinct from traditional ontologies? One aspect of Web ontologies that is intended to be different is that they are to be developed, deployed, and used by a relatively large mass of people: not just knowledge engineers, but webmasters; not just domain experts, but enthusiastic amatuers. In this paper, I address both the philosophical question of how to understand the very notion of a Web ontology and the pragmatic question of how to support people trying to understand particular ontologies found on the Web.

Speaker Biography

Bijan Parsia

Bijan Parsia is a research philosopher at the University of Maryland at College Park. His research interests include description logics, web based knowledge representation and reasoning, planning, web services, philosophical foundations of computer science, epistemology, and oppression theory.