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Explore the Semantic Web

The Semantic Web is coming and this new book, "Explorer's Guide to the Semantic Web," guides readers through the basic concepts and technologies that will come with it. These two sample chapters delve into what the Semantic Web is and examine different kinds of searches.


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complex set of extensions to the World Wide Web, the Semantic Web will make data and services more accessible to computers and more useful to people. Some of these extensions are being deployed now, and many are coming in the next years. Explorer's Guide to the Semantic Web is the only book to explore the territory of the Semantic Web in a broad and conceptual manner.

This guide introduces the basic ideas and technologies of the Semantic Web, their roles and inter-relationships. The key areas covered include knowledge modeling (RDF, Topic Maps), ontology (OWL), agents (intelligent and otherwise), distributed trust and belief, "semantically-focused" search, and much more. The book's basic, conceptual approach is accessible to readers with a wide range of backgrounds and interests.

Chapter 1 discusses the nature of the Semantic Web, meta data, annotation, two Semantic Web scenarios, and much more

Download the PDF of Chapter 1: "The Semantic Web"

Chapter 5 discusses different kinds of searches, keywords, ontologies, semantic analysis, and much more



Download the PDF of Chapter 5: "Searching"

Reproduced from Explorer's Guide to the Semantic Web by permission of Manning Publications Co. ISBN 1932394206, copyright 2004. All rights reserved.



   
Thomas Passin is Principal Systems Engineer with Mitretek Systems, a non-profit systems and information engineering company. He has been involved in data modeling and created several complex database-backed web sites and also became engaged in a range of conceptual modeling approaches and graphical modeling technologies. He was a key member of a team that developed several demonstration XML-based web service applications, and worked on creating XML versions of draft standards originally written in ASN.1.
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