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Federal Semantic Interoperability Community of Practice

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Charter: The Semantic Interoperability Community of Practice (SICoP) is established by a group of individuals for the purpose of achieving "semantic interoperability" and "semantic data integration" focused on the government sector. The SICoP seeks to enable Semantic Interoperability, specifically the "operationalizing" of these technologies and approaches, through online conversation, meetings, tutorials, conferences, pilot projects, and other activities aimed at developing and disseminating best practices. The individuals making up this CoP represent a broad range of government organizations and the industry and academic partners that support them. However, the SICoP claims neither formal nor implied endorsements by the organizations represented and its main purpose is to support CoP members in their efforts to make the Semantic Web operational in their agencies (Edited down from on January 22, 2008). For simple example of "semantic interoperability" see slides 15-18. Also see HL7.Org's  Coming to Terms: Scoping Interoperability for Healthcare with references to SICoP.

Work Group Status


White Papers for the Federal CIO Council's Best Practices Committee (March 2004-July 2007)

February 16, 2005: Introducing Semantic Technologies and the Vision of the Semantic Web ("DRM of the Future")

Japanese Translation

January 6, 2006: Semantic Wave 2006 - Executive Guide to the Business Value of Semantic Technologies (Slides) June 18, 2007: Operationalizing the Semantic Web/Semantic Technologies: Advanced Intelligence Community R&D Meets the Semantic Web! (ARDA AQUAINT Program) (Slides)
Updates to White Papers with Partners (September 2007 to present) (in process) September 2007, Semantic Interoperability Data Management Strategy: Net-Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) and Others (Slides)

November 2007, Semantic Wave 2008 (Preview)


December 2007, Semantic Interoperability with Relational Databases (e.g. Data marts and Data warehouses): Solving the Schema Mismatch Problem with Ontology (Slides)
Major Conferences

September 8, 2003, First

September 8-9, 2004, Second

April 7-8, 2005, Third (SWANS)

February 9-10, 2006, Fourth

October 10-11, 2006, Fifth

Jointly with the SOA CoP for Semantic SOA

2007 Semantic Technology Conference, May 20-24, 2007 (four presentations and others)

2008 Semantic Technology Conference, May 18-22, 2008 (three proposals accepted so far)

Special Conferences February 6, 2007, SICoP Special Conference 1: Building DRM 3.0 and Web 3.0 for Managing Context Across Multiple Documents and Organizations April 25, 2007, SICoP Special Conference 2: Building Knowledgebases for Cross-Domain Semantic Interoperability September 20, 2007, SICoP Special Conference 3 (Part of the NCIOC SIF WG Meeting): Collaboration with the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium
Special Conferences (continued) February 5, 2008, SICoP Special Conference 4: Building Semantic Interoperability Solutions for Information Sharing and Integration                                
Special Recognitions Given (slides 14-27) Received Press
Other Products DRM 2.0 Implementation Guide Version 1.0 (October 15, 2005) and DRM 2.0 Education Pilot


Web Site and Wiki Page

RDF Access to Structured Databases


SICoP Mailing List: TBA


Co-chairs, Mills Davis, Project10x (, and Brand Niemann, US EPA (

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