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With this book, the promise of the Semantic Web -- in which machines can find, share, and combine data on the Web -- is not just a technical possibility, but a practical reality Programming the Semantic Web demonstrates several ways to implement semantic web applications, using current and emerging standards and technologies. You'll learn how to incorporate existing data sources into semantically aware ...
With this book, the promise of the Semantic Web -- in which machines can find, share, and combine data on the Web -- is not just a technical possibility, but a practical reality Programming the Semantic Web demonstrates several ways to implement semantic web applications, using current and emerging standards and technologies. You'll learn how to incorporate existing data sources into semantically aware applications and publish rich semantic data.
Each chapter walks you through a single piece of semantic technology and explains how you can use it to solve real problems. Whether you're writing a simple mashup or maintaining a high-performance enterprise solution,Programming the Semantic Web provides a standard, flexible approach for integrating and future-proofing systems and data.
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ForewordPrefaceSemantic DataChapter 1: Why Semantics? Chapter 2: Expressing MeaningChapter 3: Using Semantic DataStandards and SourcesChapter 4: Just Enough RDFChapter 5: Sources of Semantic DataChapter 6: What Do You Mean, “Ontology”?Chapter 7: Publishing Semantic DataPutting It into PracticeChapter 8: Overview of ToolkitsChapter 9: Introspecting Objects from DataChapter 10: Tying It All TogetherEpilogueChapter 11: The Giant Global GraphColophon
Posted November 9, 2009
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This is the first book I have read on the semantic web that does not give me feeling that I am in outer space. It is also one of the few books that honestly appraises the current, usable state of the semantic web. It is clearly written and took me a day to read (without working the examples). In the beginning, it starts with a pure triples system built from the ground up, rather than plunging the reader into the standard technologies, which are levels of abstraction above triples and may not be essential. The reader is left with the impression that he is the one who chooses to use the technologies introduced. It is also the only book that mentions how RDF evolved. It contains many example programs using existing data sources (e.g. freebase). There is a two page introduction by Jim Hendler, one of the top figures in the semantic web and co-author of "The Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist" (also, a good companion book).
The main view of this book is the semantic web as extension, modification, and very major improvement, to relational systems. It also discusses the pure AI approach. I does not get into other uses of the semantic web, such as text retrieval or approaches such as topic maps.
Physicists and chemists are required to run experiments to prove their assertions. Many other sciences have emulated aspects of physics to acquire the mantle. The semantic web does not ask for "experiments" although it is about semantics and, therefore, about something to be discovered. This book starts in that direction.
Posted March 8, 2010
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