Categories: NewsFlash
      Date: Dec  2, 2009
     Title: Keynote on Semantic Web at Online Information, 1-3 December 2009, London 

Professor Dame Wendy Hall, a leader in the Semantic Web movement to enable users to identify, reuse, and derive new knowledge from existing data, joined Professor Nigel Shadbolt as the opening keynote speakers at the Online Information Conference 2009 on Tuesday 1 December. The keynote addressed the latest developments in Web technology and its significance for the vast amounts of data that is published on the Web.

As Founding Directors of the Web Science Research Initiative, they and their colleagues Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and Daniel J. Weitzner are spearheading the evolution to the Semantic Web.

“The Semantic Web will transform the World Wide Web into a more useful and powerful information source.  In particular it will revolutionize scientific and other web publishing by defining new web technologies that make more web content accessible to machines,” said Dame Wendy.  “These technologies will provide better tools that make it easier for people to create machine-readable content that is widely available.”  As an example, she pointed to the introduction of  Semantic Web tools early next year in the ACM Digital Library to enable its hundreds of thousands of professional and student users to more easily find, share, and combine information on the Web.”

Dame Wendy is one of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia. The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and the emerging research discipline of Web Science.
Elected President of ACM in July 2008, Dame Wendy is the first person from outside North America to hold this position. The Association for Computing Machinery is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. Its European Council was officially launched in October 2009 with the aim of opening up new windows of opportunity  for its growing membership and of ensuring a strong collective voice in Europe.