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Book Excerpt: Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist

Read Chapter 11, "Using Owl in the Wild," from Allemang and Hendler's widely acclaimed book.

he promise of the Semantic Web to provide a universal medium to exchange data, information, and knowledge has been well publicized. There are many sources for basic information on the World Wide Web extensions that permit content to be expressed in natural language yet, used by software agents to easily find, share, and integrate information. Until now, individuals engaged in creating ontologies—formal descriptions of the concepts, terms, and relationships within a given knowledge domain—have had few sources beyond the technical standards documents.

Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist transforms this information into the practical knowledge that programmers and subject domain experts need. Authors Allemang and Hendler begin with solutions to the basic problems, but don’t stop there; they demonstrate how to develop your own solutions to problems of increasing complexity and ensure that your skills will keep pace with the continued evolution of the Semantic Web. The book:

  • Provides practical information for all programmers and subject-matter experts engaged in modeling data to fit the requirements of the Semantic Web
  • Deemphasizes algorithms and proofs, focusing instead on real-world problems, creative solutions, and highly illustrative examples
  • Presents detailed, ready-to-apply “recipes” for use in many specific situations
  • Shows how to create new recipes from RDF, RDFS, and OWL constructs
Chapter 11 delves into two detailed examples of how OWL can be used in real-world modeling situations.

Download Chapter 11, Using Owl in the Wild.

Reproduced from Morgan Kaufmann, a division of Elsevier Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-12-373556-0, copyright 2008. All rights reserved.

Dean Allemang is the cheif scientist at TopQuadrant, Inc., the first company in the United States devoted to Semantic Web consulting, training, and products. He codeveloped (along with Jim Hendler) TopQuadrant's successful Semantic Web training series, which he has been delivering on a regular basis. Jim Hendler is the Tetherless World Senior Constellation Chair at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute. He also serves as the associate director of the Web Science Research Initiative, headquartered at MIT. He has authored approximately 200 technical papers in the areas of artificial intelligence, the Semantic Web, agent-based computing, and high performance processing.
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