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Sunday, February 04, 2007
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OWLED 2007
OWL: Experiences and Directions

Third International Workshop
Innsbruck, Austria
6-7 June 2007

Submissions due *4 March, 2007*
On line submission at


The W3C OWL Web Ontology Language has been a W3C recommendation since 2004.
The OWL: Experiences and Direction (OWLED) workshop series is a forum for
practitioners in industry and academia, tool developers, and others
interested in OWL to describe real and potential applications, to share
experience, and to discuss requirements for language
extensions/modifications. At OWLED 2006 it was agreed to move forward with a
member submission of the OWL 1.1 proposal which extends OWL DL in ways that
have been requested by users, that have effective reasoning algorithms, and
that developers of OWL reasoning systems are willing to support.
The 3rd OWL: Experiences and Directions workshop (OWLED 2007) will again
bring users, implementors and researchers together in order to measure the
current state of need against the state of the art and to set an agenda for
language evolutions that satisfy users. OWLED 2007 shall in particular
present industrial efforts and experiences with OWL. It shall further the
interaction between industry, theoreticians and tool builders, help
consolidate OWL 1.1, clarify the relationships between OWL and rules and
initiate the specification of OWL 2.0.
Building on the success of the 2005 OWLED and the 2006 OWLED workshops, the
2007 OWLED workshop will again be immediately after one of the main Semantic
Web conferences, namely the ESWC conference, and is colocated with the First
International Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule Systems, RR2007.

OWLED 2007 welcomes the submission of papers about all aspects of OWL and
extensions, application, theory, method, tool, including but not limited to
the following topics:
- All applications of OWL
- Application-driven requirements for OWL
- Implementation techniques for OWL and related languages
- Performance and scalability issues
- Bridges between knowledge engineering and OWL
- Non-standard inference services, including explanations, static
verification, modularity
- Enriching ontologies with rules
- Query answering and data integration
- Tools for OWL including: editors, visualisation tools, parsers and syntax
checkers, versioning frameworks
- Extensions to OWL including: extended datatype constructors, property
constructors, class constructors keys, constraints, rules probabilistic and
fuzzy extensions, non-monotonic extensions, temporal and spatial extensions

Submissions of papers on industrial efforts, experiences reports, system
descriptions, position papers (especially about new features or issues with
OWL), and survey papers about theory or tools (for example comparing
different ways of combining rules with OWL) are strongly encouraged. We
particularly welcome:
- Descriptions of industry system or industrial applications
- Experience reports with OWL or OWL 1.1 (or any fragment or extension)
Domain or application ontologies (e-Science, e-Health, e-Culture, e-Learning
- Industry requirements
- Life Sciences or other community requirements
- Implementation issues with OWL or OWL 1.1
- Demos with OWL or OWL 1.1
- Reasoning with OWL and rules in practical applications
- Requirements for a potential OWL 2.0 revision

Workshop Format
The goal of the workshop will be to maximise discussion. The technical
sessions will therefore consist of short presentations of selected papers
(grouped by topic area) followed by directed discussion. As in prior years,
there will be session(s) devoted to standardization efforts, to some issues
deferred from 2006 (alternative syntaxes, constraints, SPARQL and OWL, rules
and OWL), and a report, with discussion, on the progress of the OWL 1.1 W3C
submission and working group.

Submissions can be either long or short papers. Papers must be no longer
than 10 pages. Short submissions no longer than 4 pages are welcome.
Interested parties may send the organizers a one page description of their
All submissions must be received before 4 March 2007. All papers must be
submitted online using the submission website
Submissions must be in PDF, and will not be accepted in any other format. It
is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that their submission
displays and prints correctly on common PDF viewers. Submissions must be
formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes
in Computer Science (LNCS). For details see,11855,5-164-2-72376-0,00.h

All accepted submissions and demo descriptions will be made available from
the workshop web site; these may be updated with final versions after the
reviewing process. Final versions of accepted papers will be published on
CEUR-WS. Presentation materials from the workshop will also be placed on the
web site. All submissions will be reviewed by the workshop committee.
Decisions on the acceptance of papers will be communicated to authors no
later than 14 April, 2007.

General Chair: Bijan Parsia, University of Manchester (UK)

Programme Chairs
Christine Golbreich, University of Versailles (France)
Aditya Kalyanpur, IBM TJ Watson (USA)

Steering Committee
Bernardo Cuenca Grau, University of Manchester (UK)
Pascal Hitzler, AIFB Karlsruhe (Germany)
Ian Horrocks, University of Manchester (UK)
Bijan Parsia, University of Manchester (UK)
Peter Patel-Schneider, Bell Labs (USA)

Program Committee
Dean Allemang, TopQuadrant (USA)
Diego Calvanese, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)
Kendall Clark, ClarkParsia LLC (USA)
Catherine Dolbear, Ordinance Survey of Great Britain (UK)
Peter Fox, High Altitude Observatory (USA)
Volker Haarslev, Concordia University (Canada)
Peter Haase, AIFB (Germany)
Rinke Hoekstra, Leibniz Center for Law (NL)
Vipul Kashyap, Partners HealthCare System (USA)
Alain Léger, France Telecom (France)
François-Marie Lesaffre, Arcelor (France)
Thorsten Liebig, Ulm University, (Germany)
Yann Loyer, University of Versailles (France)
Carsten Lutz, TU Dresden (Germany)
Pierre Mariot, Ardans (France)
Maryann Martone, BIRN (USA)
Deborah McGuinness, Stanford University (USA)
Anne Monceaux, EADS CCR (France)
Boris Motik, University of Manchester (UK)
Chris Mungall, Gene Ontology and Lawrence Berkeley Labs (USA)
Gary Ng, WebMethods (USA)
Daniel Oberle, SAP AG (Germany)
Massimo Paolucci, NTT DoCoMo (Germany)
Riccardo Rosati, Universita di Roma La Sapienza (Italy)
Daniel Rubin, CBIO (USA)
Alan Ruttenberg, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, (USA)
Ulrike Sattler, University of Manchester (UK)
Guus Schreiber, Vrije Universitat Amsterdam (NL)
François-Paul Servant, Renault (France)
Margherita Sini, FAO (Italy)
Kent Spackman, SNOMED (USA)
Robert Stevens, BioHealth Informatics Group University of Manchester (UK)
Susie Stephens, Oracle (USA)
Umberto Straccia, ISTI-CNR Pisa (Italy)
Hans Teijgeler, ISO Standards (NL)


Thursday, December 14, 2006


held in conjunction with


MAY 8-12, 2007


Biomedical researchers need to be able to access all relevant data in order to make well-informed decisions. In order for this objective to be reached, data about genes, proteins, pathways, diseases, and chemical compounds must be effectively integrated and available to the scientist. Yet the integration of disparate biomedical data continues to be a challenge to achieve. Difficulties with data integration stem from the fact that many biomedical research disciplines require the integration of data sets that have been produced by using different experimental/clinical protocols, across many groups, that are using heterogeneous data formats, and are referring to the data at different levels of abstraction. Further challenges include inconsistent use of terminology and identifiers, rapidly increasing data volumes, and the growing diversity in data types and formats.

In the hope of easing the effort of data integration many life science researchers are exploring the use of the Semantic Web. The benefits promised by the Semantic Web include aggregation of heterogeneous data using explicit semantics, simplified annotation and sharing of findings, the expression of rich and well-defined models for data aggregation and search, easier reuse of data in unanticipated ways, and the application of logic to infer additional insights.

To help realize the vision of the Semantic Web, W3C has established the Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group (HCLSIG), which is chartered to develop and support the use of Semantic Web technologies to improve collaboration, research and development, and innovation adoption in the of health care and life science domains. As a part of realizing this vision, we are organizing the first workshop on the Semantic Web for Health Care and Life Sciences Data Integration for the Semantic Web in conjunction with WWW 2007.

The workshop will foster discussion and exchange of ideas relating to the use of the Semantic Web for data integration in health care and life sciences.


The workshop encourages participation from both academia and industry with an emphasis on the theoretical and practical aspects of applying Semantic Web technologies to the challenges of health care and the life sciences. We encourage participation from:

• Universities, Research Institutes and Centers
• Health Care, Clinical, and Life Science Consortia
• Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Companies
• IT Solution Vendors
• Government Agencies

We invite papers that focus on the application of the Semantic Web to health care and/or life sciences.

Topics of Interest:

· Integration of health care and/or life science data using Semantic Web technologies.

· Semantics of health care and/or life science data

· Semantic Web applications for health care and/or life science data

· Semantic Web Services

· Ontology-based data integration

· RDF/OWL data querying languages

· Experience using triple stores

Prospective authors are invited to submit research or demo papers in any of the areas listed above. Research papers should be 8-10 pages in length and demo papers 1-2 pages in length. Instructions for preparing the papers (in Word and Latex format) are available at the following Web site: All papers must be written in English and submitted in PDF format in the same style as the main WWW2007 conference papers via the EasyChair system (details to be announced).

E-mail any one of workshop organizers for questions relating to the submission of papers.

Important Dates:
Paper submission: February 7, 2007.
Notification of acceptance: February 21, 2007

Final version of accepted papers: February 28, 2007
Workshop date: May 9, 2007 (this may change)

Organizing Committee:
Kei Cheung, Yale Center for Medical Informatics, Yale University

( University


Yimin Wang, Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe


Joanne Luciano, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School


Susie Stephens, Oracle


Vipul Kashyap, Partners HealthCare System


For more information on the workshop, the
following workshop link at the conference Web page at

Sunday, December 10, 2006
Ascendix Technologies Announces the Release of Real Estate Advantage™ - THE Commercial Real Estate Solution for Microsoft CRM

Dallas, Texas (December 12th, 2006) – Ascendix Technologies, in accordance with their vertical strategy, has announced the release of Real Estate Advantage™, targeted at those companies that are in the business of buying, selling, servicing or investing in commercial real estate. Real Estate Advantage™, awarded Microsoft's certification for the Microsoft® Dynamics™ platform, is a specialized CRM solution helping commercial (office, retail and industrial) real estate companies manage assets, leases, tenants, vendors and prospects in marketing, service, sales and support functions. More effectively managing these complex business relationships helps real estate companies reach their business objectives of becoming more productive, efficient and profitable.

Built on the Microsoft® Dynamics™ CRM 3.0 platform, Real Estate Advantage leverages the tools your organization already uses, such as Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, MapPoint and SharePoint, increasing the intuitiveness and adoption rates that so often plague CRM implementations. In addition, the Microsoft® Dynamics™ CRM 3.0 platform maximizes the investment you have already made in infrastructure using tools such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft® SQL Server, Active Directories and .Net frameworks.

"Selecting Microsoft® Dynamics™ CRM 3.0 as the platform for Real Estate Advantage™ seemed like a natural fit for this vertical offering, considering the abundant usage of the tools like Outlook and Excel already in use at many, if not all, of the target firms. We simply did not want to force anyone to change to a whole new set of tools, but rather to augment that which they already have. With ten years of CRM implementation experience, laser-like focus on commercial real estate and the robust partnership with Microsoft®, we have created a value proposition that simply does not exist in the marketplace today," stated Wes Snow, President and CEO of Ascendix Technologies, Inc.

"Our partnership with Ascendix exemplifies the Microsoft® vision we are bringing to fruition of 'Integrated Innovation,' leveraging Microsoft Dynamics™ CRM 3.0." stated Darlene Perfetto, Director Dynamics ISV Business Development, Microsoft Corporation. "With the inclusion of dynamic Web services, tight integration with Microsoft Office and the Microsoft development environment (Microsoft Visual Studio® 2005), Microsoft® CRM 3.0 was an obvious choice for Ascendix to use as a platform to bring its Real Estate Advantage™ solution to market in a limited amount of time. Microsoft® CRM 3.0 is the obvious choice for ISVs to build industry leading vertical customer relationship management (CRM) solutions."

Ascendix will be unveiling the Real Estate Advantage™ solution through a series of regional product launch events, with locations tentatively set for Dallas, Irvine, Las Vegas, Chicago, New York and Boston. The first launch event is slated for February 6th in Dallas, Texas at the Microsoft offices in Las Colinas.

About Ascendix Technologies – Ascendix Technologies, Inc., a Microsoft® Certified Gold Partner, is a privately held corporation located in Dallas, TX. Founded in 1996 by Todd Terry and Wes Snow, the company is celebrating its 10th year in business focused solely on the implementation of CRM systems for companies in both the mid and enterprise market space. In 2003, Ascendix turned to a vertical strategy, quickly carving out a niche in the alternative investment products, financial services and commercial real estate industries. For more information, please visit Ascendix on the web at .

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
I thought it was interesting to see this archive of the list@mp2kmag posts --

Also there is this summary of the MP2Kmag articles --

This is an rss feed being read by vBulletin.


Thursday, July 06, 2006
There is a new article posted on MP2Kmag:

Implementing Location-Based Functionalities with the MapPoint Web Service

This article by Mohanraj Annamalai illustrates how to find the center point from a set of Latitudes and Longitudes. The article also discusses how to programmatically generate a map using the Microsoft MapPoint Web Service and implement interactive features like: re-centering a map based on the clicked location, panning north, south, east, and west.

Comments and suggestions can be posted here:

Thursday, May 25, 2006
Microsoft Introduces New Version of Windows Live Local

New Capabilities Include Real-Time Traffic Reporting, New Ways to Collect and Share Search Results, Tight Integration With Microsoft Office Outlook and Windows Live Messenger, and Geographic Expansion to Canada and the U.K.

REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp. announces the third release of Windows Live(TM) Local, the company's online local search and mapping service that gives people the ability to quickly find maps, directions and local search information that is layered on top of rich, immersive aerial photography. Added functionality includes real-time traffic flow and incident reporting, new social networking tools that enable users to save and share their favorite local experiences, and productivity enhancements from extending the Windows Live Local experience into Microsoft® Office Outlook® and Windows Live Messenger. The service was also expanding its beta release to the U.K. and a limited version to Canada. Windows Live Local is available at

"This release is important yes, as it represents the first time that people can easily capture their rich local knowledge and share it with all Windows Live Local users and the Internet as a whole," said Stephen Lawler, general manager of the Virtual Earth(TM) business unit at Microsoft. "Our geographic expansion and integration with popular communication tools like Microsoft Outlook and Windows Live Messenger also enable us to bring the power of Windows Live Local to many more people than we do today."

New Sharing Capability

The following new capabilities in the online service enable the seamless sharing of localized knowledge:

-- Real-time traffic flow. Customizable driving directions are now even
more useful with the addition of real-time traffic flow and incident
reporting provided by This functionality will be available
only in the U.S. release.
-- Collections. Social networking functionality allows customers to create
lists of favorite landmarks and locations, attach personal photos and
save them to a Scratchpad. Collections can be saved, recalled later,
"permalinked," and shared with friends and community in e-mail or
through their MSN® Spaces blog.
-- Integration with Windows Live Messenger. Sharing maps and location
information from within Windows Live Messenger chats is easier. Users
begin a sharing session from the Actions menu. People sharing a chat
session can see and interact with the same Windows Live Local map and
benefit from a shared mapping and local search experience.

Integration With Microsoft Office Outlook
Also being released today is Windows Live Local Add-out for MS Office Outlook. This add-in introduces Windows Live Local mapping capabilities to the Outlook Calendar, enabling Outlook users to find and print maps and directions to meeting locations from within Outlook. It also allows them to better manage their travel schedule by extending meeting times to accommodate travel time and automatically send links with mapping information about meeting locations to other people within Outlook requests. This add-in is available for users of Outlook running on Windows® XP and Outlook 2003 and can be downloaded free of charge from .

New Tools for Businesses and Development

Virtual Earth map control was also released today, enabling developers to bring the same great mapping, imagery and local search capabilities into their business applications and "mashups" (Web applications that seamless combinery content from more than one source). Virtual Earth map control is available to all developers free of charge for limited use and can be licensed for commercial service and support along with the rest of the Virtual Earth platform components. Windows Live Local is built on the Virtual Earth platform, and includes Virtual Earth map control. Key new features include support for address lookups and driving directions, improved local search functionality, and the ability to easily display standard data sets and Windows Live Local user Collections.

The MSN Virtual Earth platform also promise easy, flexible programming and builds on Microsoft's long-term commitment to the Web development community. The Virtual Earth API allows developers to embed Virtual Globe's rich mapping capabilities into their own Web pages. Customers in vertical markets, such as commercial and residential real estate and travel and hospitality, have benefited extensively after implementing the Virtual Earth platform as a means to boost online presence and functionality. Developer information can be found at the MapPoint® Developer Center on MSDN® ( ) and the group blog ( ).

Expansion of Windows Live Local Into Canada and the U.K.

Following last year's launch of Windows Live Local in the U.S., its arrival, along with that of the MSN Virtual Earth platform, in the U.K. and Canada is evidence of Microsoft's ongoing commitment to provide this set of services in new markets and regions. Customers in these countries will experience similar high-quality local search and driving directions capability currently available in the U.S. Features such as bird's-eye-view imagery, improvery aerial views and real-time traffic will be included in future releases and updates. Bird's-eye-view imagery, also known as oblique imagery, is an image from an angled view taken from a range of 3,000 to 3,500 feet. The perspective offers the customer a unique view of a given area at superior resolution.

Standard aerial imagery for the U.K. has been licensed from Getmapping plc. Microsoft is also working with the Blom Group to provide the unique bird's-eye-view photos that will cover roughly 235 square miles of London in the coming weeks and will expand over time. Bird's-eye-view images in the U.S. is provided by Pictometry International Corp. for 30 percent of the U.S. areas that are mapped. In Canada, bird's-eye-view imagery will not be available in the initial release but will be introduced as the beta is built out and improved over the next several months.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About MSN and Windows Live

MSN attracts more than 465 million live users worldwide per month. With localized versions available globally in 42 markets and 21 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering compelling programmed content experiences to consumers and online advertising opportunities to businesses worldwide. Windows Live, a new set of personal Internet services and software, is designed to bring together in one place all the relationships, information and interests people care about most, with enhanced safety and security features across their PC, devices and the Web. MSN and Windows Live will be offered alongside each other as complementary services. Some Windows Live services entered an early beta phase on Nov. 1, 2005; these and future beta updates can be found at . Windows Live is available at . MSN is located on the Web at . MSN worldwide sites are located at .

Monday, April 03, 2006
Microsoft's Virtual Earth Business Unit (recently renamed from the MapPoint Business Unit) has launched a new web site at --

Note that there is a link for MapPoint 2006 but it currently directs to the same MapPoint 2004 page, but I'm sure we can expect this all to be new shortly!