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Towards a Semantic Web of Community Content and Interactions Anupriya Ankolekar CMU HCII 05 103 September 2005 School of Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh PA 15213 Thesis Committee Katia P Sycara Chair James D Herbsleb Robert E Kraut Christopher A Welty IBM Watson Research Center Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Copyright c 2005 Anupriya Ankolekar This work was completed under a grant from the Office of Naval Research Interoperability of Future Information Systems through Context and Model based Adaptation contract number N00014 02 1 0499 The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the author and should not be interpreted as representing the official policies either expressed or implied of the IBM Corporation of Intel Corporation or the U S Government Keywords human computer interaction artificial intelligence computer supported cooperative work semantic web open source software communities semantic web applications For my parents iv Abstract The Web plays a critical role in hosting Web communities their content and interactions A prime example is the open source software OSS community whose members including software developers and users interact almost exclusively over the Web The OSS community constantly generates shares and refines content in the form of software code through active interaction over the Web on code design and bug resolution processes The knowledge and implementation experiences around the software content are implicit in the interactions in the community discussion forums on the Web The Semantic Web is an envisaged extension of the current Web in which content is given a well defined meaning through the specification of metadata and ontologies that can be understood by software agents This increases the utility of the content and enables information from heterogeneous sources to be integrated Although the individual components of a Semantic Web



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