ACM Web Science 2013, May 2-4th in Paris

#WebSci13 Presenter profile: Henry S Thompson

April 26, 2013
by Lisa Harris

_URIs in data: for entities, or for descriptions of entities: A critical analysis_

by Henry S Thompson, Jonathan A Rees and Jeni Tennison

This paper arises from our long-running effort as members of the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group to improve interoperability for data which includes URIs as identifiers.  Underspecification in the foundational specs for the Web has led to incompatible ‘extensions’ as regards what URIs ‘mean’ or ‘identify’ or ‘denote’, particularly when they occur outside HTML pages, e.g. in JSON, RDF or XML.  Having concluded that there is no prospect of eliminating these incompatibilities, we have turned our efforts instead towards best practices for achieving interoperability despite them.

Henry S. Thompson divides his time between the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, where he is Professor of Web Informatics, based in the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation, and independent consulting on XML- and web-related business strategy.

He was a member of the SGML Working Group of the World Wide Web Consortium which designed XML, a major contributor to the core concepts of XSLT and W3C XML Schema and is currently a member of the XML Core and XML Processing Model Working Groups of the W3C. He has been elected five times to the W3C TAG (Technical Architecture Group). He was lead editor of the Structures part of the XML Schema W3C Recommendation, for which he co-wrote the first publicly available implementation, XSV.  From 2002 through 2010 he was a member of the technical staff of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), where he worked in the XML Activity.  He has presented many lectures, papers and tutorials on SGML, DSSSL, XML, XSLT, XML Schema, XML Pipelines and Web Architecture in both industrial and public settings over the last sixteen years.

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