A Semantic Web PrimereBook - 2004
A systematic description of ideas, languages, and technologies that are central tothe development of the Semantic Web, for use as a textbook or guide to self-study.
The development of the Semantic Web, with machine-readable content, has the potentialto revolutionize the World Wide Web and its use. A Semantic Web Primer provides an introduction andguide to this emerging field, describing its key ideas, languages, and technologies. Suitable foruse as a textbook or for self-study by professionals, it concentrates on undergraduate-levelfundamental concepts and techniques that will enable readers to proceed with building applicationson their own. It includes exercises, project descriptions, and annotated references to relevantonline materials. A Semantic Web Primer is the only available book on the Semantic Web to include asystematic treatment of the different languages (XML, RDF, OWL, and rules) and technologies(explicit metadata, ontologies, and logic and inference) that are central to Semantic Webdevelopment. The book also examines such crucial related topics as ontology engineering andapplication scenarios.After an introductory chapter, topics covered in succeeding chapters includeXML and related technologies that support semantic interoperability; RDF and RDF Schema, thestandard data model for machine-processable semantics; and OWL, the W3C-approved standard for a Webontology language more extensive than RDF Schema; rules, both monotonic and nonmonotonic, in theframework of the Semantic Web; selected application domains and how the Semantic Web would benefitthem; the development of ontology-based systems; and current debates on key issues and predictionsfor the future.