A Semantic Web Primer
272 pp., 8 x 9 in, 30 illus.
- Published: April 30, 2004
- Publisher: The MIT Press
A systematic description of ideas, languages, and technologies that are central to the development of the Semantic Web, for use as a textbook or guide to self-study.
The development of the Semantic Web, with machine-readable content, has the potential to revolutionize the World Wide Web and its use. A Semantic Web Primer provides an introduction and guide to this emerging field, describing its key ideas, languages, and technologies. Suitable for use as a textbook or for self-study by professionals, it concentrates on undergraduate-level fundamental concepts and techniques that will enable readers to proceed with building applications on their own. It includes exercises, project descriptions, and annotated references to relevant online materials. A Semantic Web Primer is the only available book on the Semantic Web to include a systematic treatment of the different languages (XML, RDF, OWL, and rules) and technologies (explicit metadata, ontologies, and logic and inference) that are central to Semantic Web development. The book also examines such crucial related topics as ontology engineering and application scenarios.
After an introductory chapter, topics covered in succeeding chapters include XML and related technologies that support semantic interoperability; RDF and RDF Schema, the standard data model for machine-process-able semantics; and OWL, the W3C-approved standard for a Web ontology language more extensive than RDF Schema; rules, both monotonic and nonmonotonic, in the framework of the Semantic Web; selected application domains and how the Semantic Web would benefit them; the development of ontology-based systems; and current debates on key issues and predictions for the future.
This is an excellent and much needed book. It gives the reader a broad introduction to the motivation behind the Semantic Web, as well as its applications and supporting technologies.
Ian Horrocks, Department of Computer Science, University of Manchester
This book is a great introduction to the Semantic Web, and in particular to the new languages (RDF Schema and OWL) which have recently become standard for it. I am using the book with my undergraduate Semantic Web class, and the students find it well written and clear. For those who want to roll up their sleeves and learn about this emerging technology, this book will be a powerful tool.
James Hendler, Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Maryland
A book we have been waiting for: a concise yet detailed introduction to the basic concepts and methods for the Semantic Web.
Rudi Studer, Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany