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Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist: Effective Modeling in RDFS and OWL

Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist: Effective Modeling in RDFS and OWL [Kindle Edition]

Dean Allemang , James Hendler
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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 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 easily understandable. I've already been recommending students and clients pre-order this book" - David McComb, President, Semantic Arts, Inc.

"This is by far the best introduction to the semantic web currently available, from a practitioner's point of view. There are meaty examples that move beyond the theory and hype. You will get a clear understanding of what RDF, RDF Schema and OWL are all about - both in terms of what they are and how to use them. You will learn a variety of hard-nosed and hard-won practical guidelines gained from years of experience building and deploying ontologies "in the trenches"? Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist fills a much needed gap in the literature. It represents an impressive collection and synthesis of a wide variety of sources that have hitherto been scattered among academic books and papers, W3C working group notes, talks, blogs and email discussion groups. I expect to refer to this book often." - Dr. Michael Uschold, Internationally recognized expert in ontologies and semantic web technologies both in academia and industry.

"At the time when the world needs to find consensus on a wide range of subjects, publication of this book carries special importance. Crossing over East-West cultural differences, I hope semantic web technology contributes to bridge different ontologies and helps build the foundation for consensus towards the global community." - Toru Ishida, Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University Yoshida-Honmachi

"Despite all the excitement about the Semantic Web, the principles of actually using Semantic Web standards to create useful applications have been buried in tedious documents and e-mail threads. This volume-written by two leaders in the Semantic Web community who represent perfectly the academic and the industrial perspective-makes the arcane knowledge needed to build intelligent Web applications accessible and understandable. This is a great introduction to the Semantic Web and its associated knowledge-representation standards. More important, the book shows how to use the standards, and does so in a lively and lucid way." - Mark A. Musen, Professor of Medicine and Computer Science, Stanford University; Director, the National Center for Biomedical Ontology; Director, the Protégé Project

"Semantics are no longer contained to the realm of theorists but are now being applied to help large leaning-forward organizations wrestle with information discovery and reuse. Here is a practical guide written for those who are seeking insight on techniques for real-world applications." - Andrew Schain, Visiting researcher, Maryland Information and Network Dynamtics Laboratory --David McComb, President, Semantic Arts, Inc.

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Semantic Web models and technologies provide information in machine-readable languages that enable computers to access the Web more intelligently and perform tasks automatically without the direction of users. These technologies are relatively recent and advancing rapidly, creating a set of unique challenges for those developing applications.

Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist is the essential, comprehensive resource on semantic modeling, for practitioners in health care, artificial intelligence, finance, engineering, military intelligence, enterprise architecture, and more. Focused on developing useful and reusable models, this market-leading book explains how to build semantic content (ontologies) and how to build applications that access that content.

New in this edition:

  • Coverage of the latest Semantic Web tools for organizing, querying, and processing information – see details in TOC below
  • Detailed information on the latest ontologies used in key web applications including ecommerce, social networking, data mining, using government data, and more

  • Updated with the latest developments and advances in Semantic Web technologies for organizing, querying, and processing information, including SPARQL, RDF and RDFS, OWL 2.0, and SKOS
  • Detailed information on the ontologies used in today's key web applications, including ecommerce, social networking, data mining, using government data, and more
  • Even more illustrative examples and case studies that demonstrate what semantic technologies are and how they work together to solve real-world problems

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 2 edition (5 July 2011)
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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Explains Concepts Well 21 Jan 2013
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If you're new to the numerous standards for the Semantic Web, this book does an excellent job of putting each of the pieces in context, building up the overall picture with a well-thought-out sequence. It also tackles some misconceptions you might have about schemas and ontologies if, like me, you have some experience with object-oriented programming.

My one complaint with the book is that the production process seems to have been a bit slapdash: it has a surprisingly high number of typos, there are a few tortous sentences in dire need of attention from an editor, and a lot of the diagrams looked pretty amateurish. (I read the ebook version; perhaps the diagrams look better in the print edition, but it seems unlikely - it wasn't a case of poor reproduction of figures. They were legible and clear enough, they just looked like they needed a graphic designer to spend a day making them look less ugly.) I found these issues sufficiently intrusive that I can't give this 5 stars, but none of this detracts from the usefulness of the book, so I would still recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good informative book 30 Dec 2012
By Shak224
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The Semantic Web is a very important to understanding the increased exploitation of the vast ocean of data potentially available on the WWW can be achieved. This book is a very good reference for understanding the importance of the Semantic Web. I have found it easy to follow the sensible pace it takes you through to comprehend the various key constructs of the Semantic Web and the International standards that support the concept. Highly recommended reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jump start into creating Ontologies 17 Dec 2012
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If you need, like I had, a jump start into creating Ontologies, this is a great book. It explores the process and technologies for designing Ontologies in an incremental process with great examples.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easily accessible but profound book 9 Feb 2012
I am a complete novice in Semantic Web Technologies. This book has helped me work towards understanding this exciting thing but also stimulates new ideas. It not too simple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent source of semantic web information 9 Jun 2011
By jrock - Published on
The book is well organized, well written, and clear in its exposition of the subject. The way they build up, from the simpler concepts of RDF through RDFS to OWL, is a great way to learn the subject. The examples are instructive and well organized. The summaries at the end of each chapter help put it all in perspective.

In spite of the title of the book, I think many people who do not consider themselves "working ontologists" would benefit from reading the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has some familiarity with knowledge representation but needs to learn how the Semantic Web does it. (It might be a bit of a tough read for someone with no prior exposure to knowledge representation of any kind.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative title: The Most Gentle Introduction to the Semantic Web 1 Nov 2011
By Emre Sevinc - Published on
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This is one of the best books I read on Semantic Web and its alternative title should be "The Most Gentle Introduction to the Semantic Web". Gentle indeed, but not in the sense of "semantic web for dummies".

One of the authors, Prof. James Hendler, is the co-author of *THE* article that introduced the concept of Semantic Web to the world (Scientific American Magazine, May 2001). Being an expert in a field and writing a top notch technical introduction that strikes a very good balance between utility and clarity do not necessarily go hand in hand, but in this particular case readers like me should consider themselves very lucky because this book is the perfect blend. Not only does it introduce and explain almost all of the concepts in a very clear and lively manner, but it is full of real-world examples. Being far from a dry technical introduction, the book shows "why"s of Semantic Web with "how"s of it.

At its current page count, it is only expected that the book avoids some implementation- and programming-related topics, but books such as A Developer's Guide to the Semantic Web can easily fill this gap. On the other hand, despite the abundance of books that jump into nitty gritty details of semantic web programming, the books that describe semantic modeling practices and kindly show the pitfalls of ontology design belong to a very rare species, and this fact alone is one of the reasons why I give five stars in this review.

One of the most original parts of the book is at the end: In a brief appendix, the authors give a list of the most frequently asked questions related to semantic web, modeling, ontology design, together with short answers and page number references for further explanations.

Creating a useful ontology for a real-world domain which can carry its weight and prove its utility in many different software applications is not something that can simply be mastered by reading this book, it takes lots of effort, trial and error. Nevertheless this book, in its updated second edition, is a very useful, thoughtful and elegant contribution to the growing literature of practical semantic web.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect 27 May 2012
By David C. Hay - Published on
I gave the first edition of this book five stars, because it really has been the first and most definitive book on the subject. That edition had some quality and editing problems, but these have been addressed in the second edition. Indeed many of the explanations have been much improved.

As a means for learning the semantic web, this is perfect.

Having previously read it and more or less understood the topic as a whole, however, a year later I am trying to solve a problem and I need a reference book. In this role, it is seriously lacking. The index is terrible. There is no glossary. I tried to look up "objectProperty" and "dataTypeProperty" (to me, the most important "properties"). Indeed, I tried to figure out exactly what the authors' definition of "property" is. "Equivalent", "intersection", "transfer", and "union" are indexed under "property", but the basic definition of the word is not to be found, nor are the two main kinds of properties I just referred to. I wanted to figure out the difference between "type" and "class". I did eventually, but neither term shows up in the index. (OK, "class" does, with 10 sub-terms, but none of them include the basic definition of the word.) What is the difference between an "rdfs:class" and an "owl:class"?

The style is as a narrative, and this is a good way to teach. As a source to answer questions, however, it is seriously lacking. Instead of "FAQ" at the end, a glossary would have been nice.

So close...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars at last - semantic web I understand 7 Nov 2011
By Jakubovitz Itzhak - Published on
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I have purchased three highly-acclaimed semantic-web books.
After spending many hours on these books. I learned many facts, but understood very little.
With this book - I understand what can be done with semantic technology. My head is full of possible implamentation ideas, as opposed to the sleep the other books induced.
This is the best tech book I read
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to semantic web technology 13 Feb 2014
By James Chen - Published on
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This is a great first book to understand the key technologies surrounding the semantic web. The authors have done a fantastical job building up the subject and helping you to understand not just that what and how, but why the semantic web is the way it is. I found the RDF - RDFS - RDFS plus - OWL build up extremely valuable, as I finally feel like I understand the purpose each serves and how they relate to one another. I also feel like I have enough of a base to start building some ontologies of my own. A must read for anyone who is interested in the subject.
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