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A Semantic Web Primer (Cooperative Information Systems series) 0th Edition

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"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

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"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

"Bridging activity theory and design is a major challenge for researchers and practitioners of computer-supported collaborative work and learning. Geri Gay and Helene Hembrooke make an important contribution toward building such a bridge." --Yrjö Engeström, University of California, San Diego and University of Helsinki, Finland

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Product Details

  • Series: Cooperative Information Systems series
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (April 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262012103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262012102
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 21, 2004
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Readers will need a basic understanding of formal logic in order to get the most from this book. Also realize that some material, such as the discussion and presentation of monotonic and non-monotonic rules are still hotly contested in the semantic web community.
This book starts out with an excellent introduction in Chapter 1, titled "The Semantic Web Vision". It next begins building towards the basic elements of a semantic web by starting in familiar territory - structured web documents in XML. Many readers will be intimately familiar with this material, but I recommend reading it because the authors lay a solid foundation for subsequent chapters here.
The components and concepts of the topic are then covered in chapters devoted to:
- Describing Web Resources in RDF, which includes basic ideas, XML-based syntax, schema, and querying.
- Web Ontology Language (OWL), which introduces the OWL language, examples and future extensions. Appendix A contains Abstract OWL syntax, which augments this chapter.
- Logic and Inference, covers monotonic and non-monotonic rules, syntax, rule mark-up in XML and examples. This chapter will require an understanding of formal logic, and I also recommend additional research on the web regarding the debate about using non-monotonic rules, which has highly vocal proponents and detractors.
- Applications, a chapter of case studies from real companies, including Audi, and material on how semantic web concepts can be applied to E-learning, web services and other scenarios.
- Ontology Engineering (ontology is synonymous with taxonomy) using manual and semi-automatic methods. There is also an excellent discussion about reuse.
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When I was writing my book "Semantics in Business Systems" ( a more general treatment of how Semantics pertains to building application systems) I wanted to include a chapter on the Semantic Web. At the time, most of the books and web sites were either impenetrable, with their focus on formal proofs of assertions, or superficial, with grand promises of the semantic future with little "how do we get there." "A Semantic Web Primer" finally fills in the gap.

It is very clearly written, and proceeds nicely from structured documents through to RDF/RDFS and OWL. Each topic is carefully layered on top of the previous.
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Thanks to this book I now have new found confidence on the subject of the semantic web. "A semantic Web Primer" takes the reader for a fast trip around the key concepts which underlie the subject and then goes on to help the reader develop an understanding of the key tools and applications which make this technology actually work. The book lays out why expertise in this area is useful very clearly - and in itself this is valuable and very useful.
Chapter One of the book sets out the basic concepts clearly. It explains the need for semantic Web technologies and also explains, with useful examples, exactly how this could work and what we could gain from it in terms of access to relevant, timely and accurate information. The authors set out the role of ontologies in the development of the semantic Web and also emphasize a very practical and evolutionary view of the potential future for the semantic Web. This chapter makes it very clear that we are not dealing with a single technology but with a set of tools and technologies, that these need to be actively taken forward and that they will require integration and development over time to realize the potential that the authors describe.
Chapters 2 through 5 deal with the specific tools and technologies that can take the semantic Web from an abstract idea to a functioning tool, providing a guide to XML, RDF, OWL and rules in the context of the development of the semantic Web. These are not detailed tutorial chapters and the authors point to a set of resources for very specific and detailed knowledge on all of these areas for those who want or need them.
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<em>A Semantic Web Primer</em>, by Grigoris Antoniou and Frank van Harmelen, achieves just what it sets out to achieve: to be a useful undergraduate introduction to the semantic Web. This actually has much broader applicability, because, in the words of the authors':

"The question arises whether there is a need for [such an introductory undergraduate] textbook, given that all information is available online. We think there is a need because on the Web there are too many sources of varying quality and too much information. Some information is valid, some outdated, some wrong, and most sources talk about obscure details. Anyone who is a newcomer and wishes to learn something about the Semantic Web, or who wishes to set up a course on the Semantic Web, is faced with these problems. This book is meant to help out."

I obtained the book for that very same purpose, and it does provide a fairly useful basis for self-study for the layperson practitioner. It also contains exercises at the end of each section making it useful for course teaching.

The book proceeds from a general discussion of the semantic Web and progresses through XML to XML Schema, XPath and XSL and XSLT, then the RDF and RDF Schema frameworks, on to then OWL and predicate logic, applications, example uses and ontologies and possible future developments. The progression builds in line with Tim Berner-Lee's "layer" cake diagram and explains concepts clearly and well.

But it is a prettly slim volume. After removal of blank pages, listings of markup code and accounting for wide white space margins, there are perhaps only 110 pages of useful content in the whole volume.
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