The Semantic Web Education and Outreach (SWEO) Interest Group has been established to develop strategies and materials to increase awareness among the Web community of the need and benefit for the Semantic Web, and educate the Web community regarding related solutions and technologies.

The scope of SWEO group includes:

  • the development and collection of use and business cases, stemming from both user and vendor companies, and documenting the value of Semantic Web technologies
  • identifying possible vertical markets and application areas for the Semantic Web
  • production of clear guidelines for tutorials, presentations, teaching materials, FAQ-s, etc, targeted at different audiences


Communications of the SWEO IG are public. This includes public meeting records and access to the archives of the mailing list.

The SWEO IG welcomes active participation from representatives of W3C Member organizations. If you are part of a W3C Member organization and you already have a W3C user account, you can join the SWEO IG by filling in the participation form. Otherwise, please follow the instructions on how to become a W3C Member. Active participation means participating at the weekly phone meetings, joining the discussions on the mailing list and, possibly, and participating at the face to face meetings.

News, Announcements

Monday, February 4th 2008

15:21:57, Categories: Event calendar

SWEO Extended

SWEO was chartered to run until the end of January, however we have been granted an extension of two months. The goal of the extension is to allow us to complete some ongoing activities. These include finishing the Cool URIs document, completing a business focused presentation, and enhancing the collection of Semantic Web case studies.

By: Susie Stephens

Tuesday, December 18th 2007

08:46:40, Categories: General

Cool URIs for the Semantic Web (First Public Draft)

SWEO has released a first Working Draft of a document explaining the effective use of URIs to enable the growth of the Semantic Web. The “Cool URIs for the Semantic Web” discusses two strategies for choosing URIs for the Semantic Web, gives pointers to several Web sites that use these solutions, and briefly discusses why several other alternatives are less effective. Comments on this draft are requested by 21 January, to be integrated into a final document at the end of the Group’s charter.

By: Ivan Herman

Friday, November 2nd 2007

15:42:53, Categories: Event calendar

SWEO F2F Meeting

W3C's Semantic Web Education and Outreach Interest Group (SWEO) had it's 3rd F2F meeting last week. The event was well attended with many participants from SWEO, as well as a number of guests from other W3C activities. The meeting provided an opportunity to review our progress over the last year. Items of note included publishing a FAQ document, developing a site that collates Semantic Web case studies, and the creation of a new set of Semantic Web logos. During the F2F, we reviewed ongoing activities, and discussed approaches for raising the visibility of upcoming technologies such as RDFa, SPARQL, POWDER and SKOS. The day was wrapped up with a fun dinner at the Cambridge Brewing Company.

By: Susie Stephens

Wednesday, October 10th 2007

15:25:57, Categories: General

Semantic Web logos

Semantic Web box with peeled-back lid

W3C has launched a new set of Semantic Web Logos today, developed by the Semantic Web Education and Outreach Interest Group and the Communication Team of W3C. The peeled back lid in the logo invites you to Open Your Data to the Semantic Web!

By: Ivan Herman

Wednesday, September 12th 2007

21:31:11, Categories: General

Linking Open Data

The SWEO Community Project, Linking Open Data, is making great progress in incorporating new datasets. In early September, a new version of the DBpedia dataset was released. DBpedia is a community effort to extract structured information from Wikipedia and to make the data available on the Web. Users are now empowered to perform sophisticated queries against the data and to link to other datasets on the Web. DBpedia describes almost 2,000,000 “things” that include places, people, music albums, and movies. The dataset also has over 2,500,000 links to images, external web pages, and other RDF datasets. This week it has been announced that the WikiCompany dataset is also available. This dataset is a global company directory implemented as a Wiki. Currently, over 9,000 companies are included within WikiCompany. Congratulations to everyone involved in the project.

By: Susie Stephens

Tuesday, June 5th 2007

15:01:58, Categories: Event calendar

Semantic Web Case Studies and Use Cases Published

The Semantic Web Education and Outreach (SWEO) Interest Group is pleased to announce the first set of Case Studies and Use Cases giving some examples of how the Semantic Web of machine readable data is used today. Applications are presented in areas ranging from automotive to health care, and from B2B systems to geographical information systems. The SWEO Interest Group will continue to publish new Case Studies and Use Cases in the future; an RSS feed for new submissions is available. A short overview is also available in Open Document Format, PDF, and HTML formats.

By: Susie Stephens

Tuesday, April 24th 2007

16:20:21, Categories: General, Event calendar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Semantic Web

The SWEO Interest Group is pleased to announce the first release of a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document about the Semantic Web. It provides comprehensive answers to questions covering Semantic Web standards and their usage. This is an evolving document that will continue to be updated over time. There is also a Wiki site where the community can contribute to the further evolution of this document, as well as an RSS1.0 feed to help tracking changes on the FAQ.

By: Ivan Herman

Tuesday, March 6th 2007

17:14:35, Categories: General

Community Project Support

SWEO was very impressed by the number of high quality ideas for community projects that were proposed. SWEO has decided to support the following four projects: FOAF based White Listing for Fighting Spam, Interlinking Open Data on the Semantic Web, Knowee/Contact Organizer, and Powder Browser Extensions. We encourage developers to sign up to participate in these projects, thereby helping to ensure their success.

By: Susie Stephens

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