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ACM President Presents Latest Semantic Web Applications for Digital Libraries, Electronic Publishers

Professor Dame Wendy Hall to Keynote London Online Information Conference

The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession

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LONDON – NOVEMBER 23, 2009 –  Professor Dame Wendy Hall, a leader in the Semantic Web movement that is enabling users to identify, reuse, and derive new knowledge from existing data, joins Professor Nigel Shadbolt as an opening keynote speaker at the Online Information Conference 2009.  They will address the latest developments in Web technology and its significance for the vast amounts of data that are published and stored on the Web.  As Founding Directors of the Web Science Trust, they and their colleagues Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Daniel J. Weitzner, and James Hendler are spearheading the evolution to the Semantic Web.  The conference is December 1-3.  In addition to Dame Wendy and Professor Shadbolt, the Opening Keynote Address features moderator Adrian Dale of Creatifica Associates, UK, and is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, from 9:45-11:00 a.m. 

                        “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.           

            As an exhibitor at the Online Information Conference, ACM will display search and library management technology as well as resources for scientific, technical, and medical information. 

             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. She was Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2005-2008) and is a Past President of the British Computer Society (2003-2004). She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and a founding member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council. In addition, she chairs the Advisory Board of Garlik Limited. 

            Dame Wendy is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK.   She was Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) from 2002-2007, and the founding Head of the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia (IAM) Research Group in ECS. She has published over 400 papers in areas such as hypermedia, multimedia, digital libraries, and Web technologies.   She was appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in the New Year 2009 Honours List, one of only six for outstanding services to science and technology, and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society later the same year.


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