Re: GeoWorld's integration of WebScripter: End-User Tools for Composing Ontology-Enabled Web Services

From: John J. Deneen (
Date: Mon Oct 16 2000 - 19:52:37 PDT

Ops, I forgot the key references.

WebScripter Project Overview and GeoWorlds

"John J. Deneen" wrote:

> "The DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML) program, in conjunction with
> other international initiatives, is aggressively developing a language
> for describing the meaning of Web content as well as developing
> associated tools that take advantage of it.
> WebScripter is a tool that enables ordinary users to easily and
> quickly assemble reports extracting and fusing information from
> multiple, heterogeneous DAMLized Web sources.
> Users can then publish their reports on the Web and have them
> automatically refresh to contain the most up-to-date information. The
> published reports are DAMLized as well - thus WebScripter-produced
> data can itself become the source of further reports.
> This gives information consumers considerable added value. By
> leveraging DAML, WebScripter enables users to quickly create reports
> that would be beyond them using today's technology."
> WebScripter solution
> - Enables precise queries
> - Enables data extraction independent of page format
> - Enables publisher to update his/her information once and other pages
> are updated automatically
> Benefits for information consumers
> - Makes it easy to collect and fuse data from many web sources
> - Refreshes reports when source data changes
> Benefits for information publishers
> - Automatically updates all published pages when data changes
> - (strong incentive for publishers to DAMLize pages)
> Larger-scale military applications:
> - integration with GeoWorlds
> - Predictive logistics
> - Intelligence reports
> Crisis Operations Planning Team
> - Terrorist bombing in Philippines
> - Natural and technological disasters
> Official DAML public home page, the European sister initiative to DAML
> - Ontology Inference Layer (OIL), and the SemanticWeb.
> Info about Total Information Awareness, etc. and other Information
> Systems Office (ISO) solicitations
> DARPA\ISO Workshop on Tools for Collective Action and High-Performance
> Knowledge Bases (HPKB)
> In conclusion, these areas illustrate applications for wideband mobile
> communications systems (
> LD/chronicle/action.lasso?-database=Chronicle.fmp&-response=Detail.html&-recid=34274&-search
> ).
> ..."UWB technology promises a host of fascinating applications that
> are being pursued by a number of companies, many of which have ties to
> USC. The technology also raises thorny regulatory issues.
> The ability of radio to determine range is inversely proportional to
> its bandwidth, said Scholtz, professor and chair of electrical
> engineering/systems at the USC School of Engineering. Global
> positioning satellites span 1 megahertz of bandwidth to determine
> location quickly via satellite to an accuracy of roughly 10 meters.
> UWB radios transmit over a gigahertz or more of bandwidth.
> “That’s a factor of a thousand times more bandwidth, enabling
> measurements that are a thousand times more accurate than GPS,” said
> Scholtz. “Ranging down to a centimeter or less, perhaps through walls
> and foliage, should be possible.”
> UWB’S RADIO’S ability to propagate through many materials, along with
> its precise ranging, points to interesting applications such as:
> * Ground-penetrating radar for land mine detection, including
> non-metallic mines, and underground imaging to rescue earthquake
> victims buried in rubble.
> * Through-the-wall radar, hand-held personal radar units, home
> security radar systems and devices for quickly mapping the
> interior of buildings.
> * 3D imaging systems for builders that can look into walls, floors
> and cement slabs to show embedded studs, wires, pipes (including
> plastic), rebar and other materials.
> * The Integrated Media Systems Center at USC’s School of
> Engineering is interested in using UWB positioning technology for
> “haptics,” the devices that impart artificial feeling and touch
> in virtual reality, and for in-building wireless computer
> networking systems."

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