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More about Semantic Web Scripting Workshops

Published on May 31, 2010, by in ESWC 2010.

There are so many wonderful things that can be said about the World Wide Web. It is considered as one of the most powerful tools of our present generation; however, it would still take human skills and resourcefulness to bring out its efficiency and dynamism. It can only be as good as the knowledge of the person who is exploring and navigating the web.

Websites are fully equipped with various links and search features. But imagine what would it be like if you know that the Internet can fully understand everything that online users type and place on their searches – something like having a mind of its own. Wouldn’t it be nice when you know that the internet can relate to the users’ words and, as a result, can provide more appropriate responses similar to a rational human being. This is precisely what Semantic Web aims to address. Through added metadata placed strategically on the web pages, the World Wide Web can have the ability to accurately interpret the information, access more relevant information, and communicate the same in form of search results.

When it comes to the Semantic Web, there will always be a constant requirement for simple yet flexible options to publish, present, transform, integrate and manipulate data in order to support various semantic applications that are available today. At present, there are communication and architectural standards in place to meet the simple and flexible requirements of scripting languages. The likes of AJAX, REST, and JSON can very well support various scripting languages like the PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, Perl, Closure, JSP and ActionScript.

You’ll find that numerous workshop activities are also being held everywhere to introduce modern tools and latest technologies related to the development and use of scripting languages. Most often, participants are invited to present and create a demonstration of their systems during these workshop events. Participants are encouraged to join by way of entries that will be judged by expert professionals in this particular field.

There are different topics that are usually covered and tackled in these workshops:

Infrastracture

This topic covers sub-topics such as Lightweight Semantic Web frameworks and APIs, Lightweight implementation of RDF repositories, query languages, and reasoning engines. Further, this will include different approaches to crawling Web data and querying distributed data on the Web, plus Semantic Web publishing and data syndication frameworks.

Applications

Under this topic are the discussions on Lightweight and flexible Semantic Web applications, various approaches to RDF-izing existing applications such as RDFa, microformats, or GRDDL, and Mashups that provide RDF views on Web 2.0 data sources such as Google, Yahoo, Amazon, or eBay. Wikis, weblogs, data syndication and content management applications using RDF are also included under the Applications topic. In addition, there are also the Scripting applications for visualizing Web data, Semantic Web Mining and Social Network Analysis, RDF/OWL editors and authoring environments, and Mashups that demonstrate the novel capabilities of Semantic Web technologies.

Conceptual

When we talk of the conceptual topics, we are referring to the rapid development techniques for the Semantic Web, rapid migration of web applications, employment of scripting language characteristics for Semantic Web development, and scalability and benchmarks of semantic web scripting applications.