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Save the Date – November 17, 2009

The Semantic Web:  Fact or Myth?

A One-Day Conference Co-sponsored by CENDI, FLICC and NFAIS

National Archives, William G. McGowan Theatre, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408

* Tuesday, November 17, 2009  * 9:00 am to 4:30 pm *

The term “semantic web” appears everywhere - in journal articles, in conference titles, and even in new product promotional material. But what exactly is semantic web?  How does it differ from Web 2.0?   Does it really exist? And what are its implications for the future of science and scholarly communication?

Mark your calendar now to attend the one-day conference, The Semantic Web: Fact or Myth, in order to learn the answers to these questions and more.


The day will begin with an overview of the Semantic Web – its definition, its objectives, and the approaches being taken to bring it to full reality.  This will be followed by real life examples of how the Semantic Web is currently taking shape.  Speakers from organizations such as MIT will discuss projects that are underway and actual prototypes that are being built. And you will hear about newly-launched commercial products that have already incorporated semantic web functionalities. Potential future functionalities will be highlighted by speakers from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), who will discuss the Semantic Web research projects that they are now funding.  And in closing, Dr. James Hendler, Tetherless World Senior Constellation Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will explore the future promise of the Semantic Web and how it may impact the future of science and scholarly communication.


The registration fee for CENDI, FLICC and NFAIS members is $95.00 and the fee for non-members is $125.00.  The fee includes lunch and beverage breaks.

Hotel accommodations and other logistical information will be forthcoming.


Jill O'Neill, NFAIS, 1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1004, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3403, (215) 893-1561 Phone, (215) 893-1564 Fax, or Kathryn Holloway, CENDI Secretariat, c/o Information International Associates, 1055 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 110, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, (865) 298-1234 Phone, (865) 481-0390 Fax,

Mark your calendar now for this special one-day event!