Semantics and Security: Applying OWL and RDF to Defense and Security Challenges

Track: Metadata and Semantics, Case Studies

Audience Level: High Level/Technical view

Time: Thursday, November 17 09:00

Author: Steve Hamby, Software AG, Inc.

Keywords: RDF, Semantic Web, Ontology


This presentation will address the recent interest in semantic web standards and discuss how these standards impact the defense, security and intelligence communities within the Federal Government. A variety of relevant standards will be discussed with a special focus on the Web Ontology Language (OWL) and Resource Description Framework (RDF). These standards enable the processing of the content and context of information rather than just the information itself. OWL, unlike HTML, is a language for applications rather than for humans, but when information shared through OWL is “translated” for human consumption, the depth and context of information is much deeper than with typical integration standards. This presentation will discuss several implementations of OWL and RDF within the specified communities and provide reasons why the approach was adopted. The case studies will include intelligence aggregation and processing, flight variance notifications, virtual knowledge repositories for structured and unstructured data, cargo inspection notifications, and others.