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T.S. Dillon et al. (Eds.): Advances in Web Semantics I, LNCS 4891, pp. 1–6, 2008. © IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2008 Introduction Tharam S. Dillon 1 , Elizabeth Chang 1 , Robert Meersman 2 , and Katia Sycara 3 1 Digital Ecosystems and Business Intelligence Institute Curtin University of Technology G.P.O. Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia {Tharam.Dillon,[email protected] 2 STARLab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium [email protected] 3 The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University [email protected] Abstract. The Web has now been in existence for quite some time and it is pervasive in its influence on all aspects of society and commerce. It has also produced a major shift in our thinking on the nature and scope of information processing. However in its technological nature and its supporting theoretical foundations, it was relatively rudimentary, being largely suitable for informa- tion dissemination. It is rapidly moving away from this, to application deploy- ment and knowledge deployment that require complex interactions and properly structured underlying semantics. This has been a sudden upsurge of research ac- tivity in the problems associated with adding semantics to the Web. This work on semantics will involve data, knowledge, and process semantics. 1 Introduction The emergence of Semantic Web (SW) and the related technologies promise to make the web a meaning full experience. Tim Berners-Lee 1 envisioned that the Semantic Web paradigm promises a meaningful web for both humans and the machines (agents). It provides representation, integration and access to information using semi- structured data models where data and meta-data semantics are represented in a way that is easily interpreted by autonomous agents. However, high level modeling, design and querying techniques prove to be challenging tasks for organizations that are hop- ing to utilize the SW paradigm for their commercial and industrial applications. 2 Themes In order to help understand and interpret the research issues that are arising in this challenging area and the proposals for their solution, we have proposed a series of books, which is an extended journal format. The series will have periodic state of the art volumes and intermediate volumes directed towards hot button issues. The series will address a number of themes and these include but are not limited to: 1 Berners-Lee, T. Weaving the Web . San Francisco: Harper, 1999.
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2 T.S. Dillon et al. Theme 1: Semantics and Concepts for Semantic Web Conceptual semantics Formal models Theoretical models for SW Semantics of agent and Web interaction Security and trust for the semantic Web Database technologies for the semantic Web Impact of semantic Web computing on organizations and society Semantics for ubiquitous computing Conceptual correctness in SW modeling Theme 2: Emerging New Trends Query models and languages Ontology dynamics and evolution
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