Semantic Web For Dummies

Semantic Web For Dummies

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Semantic Web technology is already changing how we interact with data on the Web. By connecting random information on the Internet in new ways, Web 3.0, as it is sometimes called, represents an exciting online evolution.

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, Semantic Web For Dummies is the place to start! It will help you:

  • Know how the typical Internet user will recognize the effects of the Semantic Web
  • Explore all the benefits the data Web offers to businesses and decide whether it’s right for your business
  • Make sense of the technology and identify applications for it
  • See how the Semantic Web is about data while the “old” Internet was about documents
  • Tour the architectures, strategies, and standards involved in Semantic Web technology
  • Learn a bit about the languages that make it all work: Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Web Ontology Language (OWL)
  • Discover the variety of information-based jobs that could become available in a data-driven economy

You’ll also find a quick primer on tech specifications, some key priorities for CIOs, and tools to help you sort the hype from the reality. There are case studies of early Semantic Web successes and a list of common myths you may encounter. Whether you’re incorporating the Semantic Web in the workplace or using it at home, Semantic Web For Dummies will help you define, develop, implement, and use Web 3.0.

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  1. Joel Natividad says:
    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A must-read for anybody interested in the Future of the Web, March 27, 2009
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    Joel Natividad (Secaucus, NJ) –
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    This review is from: Semantic Web For Dummies (Paperback)

    The Semantic Web is the logical next step in the evolution of the ENTIRE Web, and this book makes a strong case why its not all hype and a pipe-dream as some detractors would put it.

    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”.

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  2. Tom Provenzano says:
    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Start Your Semantic Web Journey Here, March 30, 2010
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    This review is from: Semantic Web For Dummies (Paperback)

    Semantic Web for Dummies is a wide-ranging look at the Semantic Web (also known as Web 3.0) that will open your mind to the potential of this new era in web development. Mr. Pollock’s book is an intelligent and informative explanation of this software technology. Although not an in-depth programming book – it provides an excellent overview of the salient features of Web 3.0. First off, while I, too, am an Oracle employee, as is Mr. Pollock, I have never met him or communicated with him in any way.

    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.

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  3. Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Visionary, March 10, 2011
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    William A. Kudrle (Pearland, TX, USA) –
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    This review is from: Semantic Web For Dummies (Paperback)

    I found this book to be visionary. The first part of this book especially gives some good background about why the Semantic Web can not only bring improved order and data access on the web, but also can provide solutions to many current IT problems for the enterprise. Time will tell whether these thoughts are too optimistic about the future of the Semantic Web, but it has made a lot of sense to me (although I disagree that any IT solution will bring about anything close to a utopia – a word which is used several places in the book). As far as learning the technology itself there are no doubt better books, but as far as WHY you would want to learn the technology – the use cases – and an OVERVIEW of the technologies involved, I found this very readable and comprehensive. As the author points out, he has been trying to sell this concept to business leaders since 2001 or so, and it shows. He gives some convincing examples, while at the same time cautions that the adoption of the Semantic Web standards should be done with the realization that the tools are not as mature as in other traditional (e.g. RDBMS) approaches. All in all, a great introduction.

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