Dame Wendy Hall to chair EU Advisory Group

It has been announced that Prof Dame Wendy Hall will be the new chair of ISTAG – the Advisory Group for the future direction of the European Commission’s ICT research beyond Framework 7.

ISTAG is mandated to provide advice on strategy, objectives and scientific and technological priorities which will shape future research programmes, and the 25 members are drawn from leading universities and communications companies across Europe.

Dame Wendy is excited about her new role, saying that ‘as chair of ISTAG, it is all about bridging the gap between academia and industry to ensure that research funding that is available is used to best effect. ISTAG has a very important role to play in shaping the future of ICT research in Europe.’

Use of the Semantic Web in e-Research

Research paper by Kieron O’Hara, Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall & Nigel Shadbolt


“A New Way of Finding Information: Basic Technologies of the Semantic Web. A vital factor in the way the World Wide Web has revolutionized research has been its radical decentralization: any page can link to any other. This decentralization is scalable and removes bottlenecks in supply. Navigation can be via associational links, maintaining relevance, or key-word search, which allows the user a measure of control that makes a suitably connected computer a virtual, near-universal library.” …

"Get ready for the web of linked data"

Wendy Hall in “Computing”


“The web has been a transformational technology and an incredibly powerful tool, today largely made up of linked documents. But as it continues to evolve and to achieve its full promise as a global information space, we need to link the data embedded in documents, databases, spreadsheets and wherever else it might be lurking. Linking data using new web standards will create an information fabric that will be even more powerful than that which we experience at the moment.” …