- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 23, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470396792
- ISBN-13: 978-0470396797
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Get up to speed on the most exciting evolution in the history of the Internet
Meet the Web of tomorrow — today! The Semantic Web completely changes how we interact with data in the vastness of the Internet. So 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, this book is the place to start!
- What's Web 3.0? — explore how the Internet has evolved and where it's going
Change is coming — know how the typical Internet user will recognize the effects of the Semantic Web
Data or documents? — see how the Semantic Web is about data while the "old" Internet was about documents
It's business — explore the data Web's many benefits to businesses
Speak the language — get into the languages that make it all work: Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Web Ontology Language (OWL)
Jobs, jobs, jobs — sneak a peek at the variety of information workers that will be needed in our data-driven economy
Some geeky stuff — tour the architectures, strategies, and standards involved in Semantic Web technology
Already there — look at existing Semantic Web sites
Open the book and find:
- What defines Web 3.0
A quick primer on tech specifications
How business will change as the Semantic Web takes hold
Ten common Semantic Web myths
How to sort the hype from the reality
Interesting case studies of early Semantic Web successes
Key priorities for CIOs
How familiar technologies fit with the Semantic Web
About the Author
Jeffrey T. Pollock is a software industry veteran whose startup experience and standards community leadership have helped the Semantic Web go from ivory tower to industrial strength. Currently he manages the data integration product portfolio for Oracle and consults with key clients about their Semantic Web strategies.
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It seems the author more wants to show off his knowledge about every data technology. Each chapter contains sections full of a abbreviation soup, without any explanation of their meaning. On the one hand, the author talks in a boring and shallow way different data technologies. On the other hand you see many scientific concepts that just appear as a single word without any explanation.
The sections are inconstant, there are few useful examples, and you must really try hard to filter out some useful information about semantic web out of paragraphs and pages of nonsense about this and that. The book is full of visions about how Semantic Web could solve all the problems with the data that current technologies cannot solve. But after reading the whole book, I still don't have a feeling of knowing how Semantic Web works.
I had previously read a couple of articles on the subject but didn't really see the big picture and felt pretty clueless as to what it exactly is and why it matters (definition of a "dummy", I guess); so l was looking for a single source to stitch it all together and get me started on the semantic web journey. This book fits the bill nicely. Pollock arms you with a solid understanding of what core technologies make up the Semantic Web.
As Pollock explains, key to understanding what differentiates the Semantic Web from previous web development is that it creates a "data web"; i.e., webs of data that are interconnected, accessible and logically analyzable and, thus, of benefit to users. That's really the "why" of the semantic web.
Semantic Web for Dummies includes chapters on the core "languages", RDF (Resource Description Framework) and OWL (Web Ontology Language); other chapters explain metadata and ontologies. Part IV, entitled, "Putting the Semantic Web to Work" brings the Semantic Web's utility into the business world touching on enterprise and software development issues including the key aspect of building a knowledge-base incorporating both system management and security issues. Proving he understands the implementation risks facing any implementer using new technology, Pollock also provides a chapter outlining the limitations of the Semantic Web for business development. The book points you to both open source and proprietary semantic tools and current web sites using semantic technologies.
I'd say that after reading this book, I'm not a Semantic Web expert, but I'm no longer a dummy.
And Jeff Pollock knows what he's talking about. A well-known figure in Semantic Web circles, he also manages Fusion - Oracle's middleware solution for the enterprise.
In it, he clearly explains what's wrong with the current state of the Web, and how we manage and produce data in general. He shows how Semantic technologies can clear the way for computers and systems not only in helping us produce (and drown ourselves) in a sea of data, but actually help us consume and find information in it.
Despite the "for Dummies" pejorative, the text is actually quite useful even for veteran Semantic Web followers. It gives a grand (though necessarily abbreviated) tour of all the foundation standards and technologies in the context of their applications in everyday life and behind the corporate firewall.
For a corporate practitioner like myself that has long struggled with abstract, academic examples, the book is a long-awaited addition that will help me evangelize the promise of "the grand database in the sky".