Thursday, October 2, 2008


This is my first ever blog entry and at the moment I have no idea what I'm going to blog about, so in this first entry I'll just introduce myself.
I'm Phil Ashworth and I'm currently a principal scientist within the informatics computational research group at UCB. I've been looking into the Semantic Web and how it can help our company evolve in a few areas for a while now.

A few years back I stumbled across this thing called the Semantic Web, which then started to take over my life. I could see how it could be used to great advantage in almost every aspect of the business. I started to read avidly about rdf, rdfs, sparql, owl an all the other things that led off from these. It was a very stimulating period, but what I didn't realise at that time, was the complete state of confusion I was in about the true meaning of the Semantic Web. Hopefully I'm on the road to recovery now, but that has largely been due to people like Dean Allemang and Irene Polikoff, attending conferences and meeting people like Eric Neumann and Susie Stephens. All of which has helped to guide me back to reality. I'll try and introduce some aspects of my journey in future blogs.

I'm currently reading "The Working Ontologist" by Dean Allemang, I really wish this book had been around a couple of years ago as it would have made everything so much clearer from the start. It's probably no surprise to Dean, but it's amazing how much I'm still learning from it.

For the most part my work has been largely been behind closed doors, however I am going to make a real effort to do something on the real web. It's not just this blog that I have created recently, I've gone a bit crazy and created accounts on Flickr and linkedin, a foaf file and even a webpage where I intend to put up some work I'm looking into about Semantic Web for molecules.

It's all a work in progress so don't expect too much too soon.

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