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Semantic Web For Dummies

Semantic Web For Dummies

Jeffrey T. Pollock

ISBN: 978-0-470-39679-7 March 2009 432 Pages


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Semantic Web technology is already changing how we interact with data on the Web. By connecting random information on the Internet in new ways, Web 3.0, as it is sometimes called, represents an exciting online evolution.

Whether you’re a consumer doing research online, a business owner who wants to offer your customers the most useful Web site, or an IT manager eager to understand Semantic Web solutions, Semantic Web For Dummies is the place to start! It will help you:

  • Know how the typical Internet user will recognize the effects of the Semantic Web
  • Explore all the benefits the data Web offers to businesses and decide whether it’s right for your business
  • Make sense of the technology and identify applications for it
  • See how the Semantic Web is about data while the “old” Internet was about documents
  • Tour the architectures, strategies, and standards involved in Semantic Web technology
  • Learn a bit about the languages that make it all work: Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Web Ontology Language (OWL)
  • Discover the variety of information-based jobs that could become available in a data-driven economy

You’ll also find a quick primer on tech specifications, some key priorities for CIOs, and tools to help you sort the hype from the reality. There are case studies of early Semantic Web successes and a list of common myths you may encounter. Whether you’re incorporating the Semantic Web in the workplace or using it at home, Semantic Web For Dummies will help you define, develop, implement, and use Web 3.0.


Part I: Welcome to the Future of Data and the Web.

Chapter 1: Getting the Gist of the Semantic Web.

Chapter 2: The Semantic Web in Your Life.

Chapter 3: The Data Web at Work for Business.

Part II: Catch the Wave of Smart Data Today.

Chapter 4: A Quick Semantic Web Primer.

Chapter 5: Why the Semantic Web Is New Technology, Not Hype.

Chapter 6: The Problem with Metadata.

Part III: Building the Semantic Web.

Chapter 7: Using the Resource Description Framework (RDF).

Chapter 8: Speaking the Web Ontology Language.

Chapter 9: Exploring Semantic Web Enablers.

Part IV: Putting the Semantic Web to Work.

Chapter 10: The Rise of the Information Worker.

Chapter 11: Discovering the Enterprise Semantic Web.

Chapter 12: Scalable Architectures.

Chapter 13: Assessment Strategies.

Chapter 14: Exploring the Limitations of the Semantic Web.

Chapter 15: A Guide to Essential Vendor Implementations.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Myths About the Semantic Web.

Chapter 17: Ten Things to Look Forward to Beyond Web 2.0.

Chapter 18: Ten Next Steps to Take from Here.