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< Contents ERCIM News No. 59, October 2004

Four W3C Workshops this Fall

W3C Workshop on Semantic Web for Life Sciences, 27-28 October 2004, Cambridge, USA

The World Wide Web Consortium is organizing a workshop to discuss emerging and future applications of Semantic Web for Life Sciences (SW-LS), and get feedback on what additional specification or coordination efforts might be necessary to support this area. Specifically, how can Semantic Web technologies such as the Resource Description Framework (RDF), Web Ontology Language (OWL) and domain-specific standards such as the Life Sciences Identifier (LSID) help to manage the inherent complexity of modern life sciences research, enable disease understanding, and accelerate the development of new therapies for disease?

The workshop will discuss technology considerations and application use cases including new features or applications of RDF/OWL and LSID, technical problems with RDF/OWL and LSID implementation, requirements unmet by RDF/OWL and LSID, and Semantic Web Advanced Development questions that have arisen as a result of SW-LS implementation.


W3C Workshop on Constraints and Capabilities for Web Services, 12-13 October 2004, Redwood Shores, CA, USA

Various aspects of a Web service may require description. This includes its constraints (eg, "You must use HTTP Authentication when accessing this service") and its capabilities (eg, "I can support GZIP compression"). Likewise, clients accessing Web services have constraints and capabilities of their own to consider when accessing services. This Workshop is being held to discuss the establishment of a framework for the expression of such constraints and capabilities and their association using SOAP, WSDL, HTTP, etc.


W3C Mobile Web Initiative Workshop, 18-19 November 2004, Barcelona, Spain

W3C is thinking of launching a 'Mobile Web Initiative', and will hold a Workshop on this topic. The goal of the Mobile Web Initiative would be to make Web access from a mobile device as simple, easy and convenient as Web access from a desktop device. Initial ideas for achieving this goal include developing 'best practices' documents, providing support infrastructures for mobile developers, organizing training programs for Web content providers and creating validation and conformance testing services for Web-access from mobile devices.


W3C Workshop on Metadata for Content Adaptation, 12-13 October 2004, Dublin, Ireland

Content metadata is a way to express the meaning of Web content and to map between vocabularies of the XHTML family of markup languages, their attributes and texts, and the underlying conceptual model that they represent. Content metadata promises the ability to go beyond sharing simple tagged content to sharing some of the concepts behind the tags in the content and better device independent Web access.