- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (May 9, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0123735564
- ISBN-13: 978-0123735560
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist: Effective Modeling in RDFS and OWL 1st Edition
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"The Missing Link: Hendler and Allemang's new book is exactly what our industry is looking for. We have many introductory books, and some detail compilations of papers but very little to help a practitioner move up their experience curve from novice to journeyman ontologist. The book is very readable; the examples are plentiful and accessible. I’ve already begun recommending students and clients to pre-order this book.--David McComb, President, Semantic Arts, Inc.
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About the Author
Dean Allemang is the chief scientist at TopQuadrant, Inc.-the first company in the United States devoted to consulting, training, and products for the Semantic Web. He co-developed (with Professor Hendler) TopQuadrant’s successful Semantic Web training series, which he has been delivering on a regular basis since 2003. He has served as an invited expert on numerous international review boards, including a review of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute-the world’s largest Semantic Web research institute - and the Innovative Medicines Initiative, a collaboration between 10 pharmaceutical companies and the European Commission to set the roadmap for the pharmaceutical industry for the near future.
Jim Hendler is the Tetherless World Senior Constellation Chair at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and has authored over 200 technical papers in the areas of artificial intelligence, Semantic Web, agent-based computing, and web science. One of the early developers of the Semantic Web, he is the Editor-in-Chief emeritus of IEEE Intelligent Systems and is the first computer scientist to serve on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science. In 2010, he was chosen as one of the 20 most innovative professors in America by Playboy magazine, Hendler currently serves as an "Internet Web Expert" for the U.S. government, providing guidance to the Data.gov project.
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This is such a book. For the last several years, I have been studying OWL and the Semantic Web, recognizing that there is something there that is important. But it's been a struggle to get on top of it. For example, the books I've found so far (and indeed, the OWL specification itself) describes the language in terms of XML. That's ok, and I was able to understand bits and pieces of it. And I did get the fundamental difference between semantic modeling as done in OWL and semantic modeling as I have been doing with entity/relationship modeling. But I never really felt comfortable that I "got it".
This book, however, very clearly starts at the beginning and takes the reader through the steps required to understand not just the languages involved, but why they are important and why they are significant to the Semantic Web. Indeed this is the first time I can say that I really understand the semantic web.
One of the reviews complains that the book doesn't go far enough. Perhaps not. But if you are looking for a place not just to start your education and to get a through grounding in fundamental concepts, this is the book for you.
I strongly recommend this book.
From that intro, the book segues pretty smoothly into iteratively introducing layers of RDF's complexity & richness. If you're fond of (or at least unafraid of) formal logic, you will love the pragmatic way in which the authors lay out technical scenarios to make their point.
After having read a number of other books on semantic technology, I unquestionably rate the book by Dean Allemang as the best in the market. Not only it is comprehensive and clear, but it is full of advices, tips and perspectives that only a person with extensive practical experience in the field can provide.
Although with some noticeable flaws this was very well laided out and is very readable.
My major complaint is with the specific table summery, the so call FAQ section. Which was taken as an image with low resolution making the whole thing unusable, the ebook itself actually worked pretty well but that image ruined everything.
Be aware that OWL 2 is very new, many things do not work
The book does not focus on helping trouble shooting problems. Notably for new users, should be aware for example OWL 2 which is a lot about DL is not supported by SPARQL 1.0. Author is from Topqudrant, who has excellent products but If you use free products such as Protege, SPARQL does not work out of the box. Just be aware of the issue, not authors fault, just be aware that the whole thing is still very very new despite that the development has started a decade ago.
Do not expect working samples that map to personal domain
To model a domain of your own with coverage, you still have to work that out yourself, the book is focus on the introduction the motivation usecases and development of rdf and owl. The modeling bit is an extra step you have to take in utilising the clauses and language capacity explained in the book.
SPARQL is an rdf query language..... meaning it does not do OWL2 inference, this is called "linked data"
OWL 2 DL is semi decidable providing much greater capacity, under protege, DL query is processed completely separated with SPARQL
Beside the query role, rule engines / languages eg SWRL and SPIN plays the processing role of triples.
OWL 2 DL Profile & Reasoner = Query and infer using and according owl clauses, go to specific tab in Protege
SPARQL = RDF Query, 1.1 support for some stuff like query to follow transitive properties but support for DL query varies.
SWRL & SPIN = rule based RDF processing engine, comparable to a search and replace kind of use
Three DIFFERENT things for different purposes
Many things were unexplained in the book but this is really due to the instability status
Relative lack of implementation and established workflow.
The book is a very good introduction and maybe the only book to attempt being as useful as possible under these circumstances.
I even recommend product the author works for, even though I was unimpressed by either eclipse nor an eclipse plugin and it is not really affordable to me.
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