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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Semantic futures
This book comprises a comprehensive overview of the application of semantic web technologies to knowledge management. The first few chapters discuss theoretical underpinnings before moving on to knowledge management tools that can exploit semantically-annotated information. A methodology is also described for the introduction of these technologies into an organisation,...
Published on July 28, 2003

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2.0 out of 5 stars Need a lot of Ontology based Knowledge to use this book
This book often introduces terms with little or no meaning. In the early chapters, it refers to various ontologies assuming the reader knows terms like frames, slots, ...etc. Ex: pg. 18 "Class Defintion (frames) have an (optional) addtional field that specifies whether the class definition is primitive (a subsumption axiom) or a non-primitive (an equivalence...
Published on June 21, 2003 by Gary J Bergeron


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Need a lot of Ontology based Knowledge to use this book, June 21, 2003
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Gary J Bergeron (Dallas, TX United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Towards the Semantic Web: Ontology-driven Knowledge Management (Hardcover)
This book often introduces terms with little or no meaning. In the early chapters, it refers to various ontologies assuming the reader knows terms like frames, slots, ...etc. Ex: pg. 18 "Class Defintion (frames) have an (optional) addtional field that specifies whether the class definition is primitive (a subsumption axiom) or a non-primitive (an equivalence axiom)." I was more confused after reading the definition. The book has very few diagrams and does not always realize how important it is for a reader to understand a fundamental concept before they go on to learning new concepts - which are based on solid fundamentals.
In later chapters, the case studies are helpful as one can start relating the myriad of concepts learned in previous chapters.
It is obvious that the authors know their stuff but their teaching style has a lot to be desired.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a compilation of papers, September 10, 2004
This review is from: Towards the Semantic Web: Ontology-driven Knowledge Management (Hardcover)
This books is nothing but just a compilation of papers persented by various researchers. You can just look at the table of contents of this book, search the paper on the internet and download it. Don't see the point in buying this book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Semantic futures, July 28, 2003
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This review is from: Towards the Semantic Web: Ontology-driven Knowledge Management (Hardcover)
This book comprises a comprehensive overview of the application of semantic web technologies to knowledge management. The first few chapters discuss theoretical underpinnings before moving on to knowledge management tools that can exploit semantically-annotated information. A methodology is also described for the introduction of these technologies into an organisation, along with a couple of case studies. As such, it is one of the first books describing a whole-hearted attempt to apply semantic web technology to an important industrial/commercial area.
The book is not primarily an introductory text and is for people who already have at least an understanding of existing WWW technology and probably of XML and RDF. As such, I believe that its main appeal will be to graduate students; researchers, developers and technologists in industry; and the academic community. For this readership, this is an excellent text describing some ground-breaking research in the field, and giving pointers to the future research agenda.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Presentation of Tools, November 12, 2004
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This review is from: Towards the Semantic Web: Ontology-driven Knowledge Management (Hardcover)
This is a book about what has Ontoprise(in other words Karlsruhe Uni.) done in asocciation with Innsbruk and Amsterdam (and probably Manchester I cannot recall) for the development of software tools about the semantic web. That's why the title of the book has the word "Towards" before "Semantic Web" and it is not just called "The Semantic Web". It talks very little about the Semantic Web, Ontologies and the problems that we face in the realization of these concepts and is limited to just introducing some concepts without defining and explaining them in detail.

The only pesron that this book might seem usefull is someone who is prety aware of the semantic web and ontology technologies and wants to find more information about the way the way some problems are dealt in software.
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Towards the Semantic Web: Ontology-driven Knowledge Management by John Davies (Hardcover - January 6, 2003)
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