Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies

Pascal Hitzler, Markus Krotzsch, Sebastian Rudolph

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August 6, 2009 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Textbook - 456 Pages - 80 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420090505 - CAT# C9050
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Textbooks in Computing

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Features

    • Presents the latest developments in Semantic Web standards, covering RDF, RDF Schema, OWL 2, RIF, and SPARQL
    • Provides a thorough treatment of formal semantics, including proof theory
    • Explores OWL querying, the relationship between rules and OWL, and ontology engineering and applications
    • Separates syntax and language from in-depth treatments of the formal foundations
    • Facilitates self-study with appendices on preliminary background knowledge
    • Includes many exercises with solutions in the back of the book
    • Offers updates, errata, slides for teaching, and links to further resources at http://semantic-web-book.org/

     

    Summary

    With more substantial funding from research organizations and industry, numerous large-scale applications, and recently developed technologies, the Semantic Web is quickly emerging as a well-recognized and important area of computer science. While Semantic Web technologies are still rapidly evolving, Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies focuses on the established foundations in this area that have become relatively stable over time. It thoroughly covers basic introductions and intuitions, technical details, and formal foundations.

    The book concentrates on Semantic Web technologies standardized by the World Wide Web Consortium: RDF and SPARQL enable data exchange and querying, RDFS and OWL provide expressive ontology modeling, and RIF supports rule-based modeling. The text also describes methods for specifying, querying, and reasoning with ontological information. In addition, it explores topics that are clearly beyond foundations, such as tools, applications, and engineering aspects.

    Written by highly respected researchers with a deep understanding of the material, this text centers on the formal specifications of the subject and supplies many pointers that are useful for employing Semantic Web technologies in practice.

    The book has an accompanying website with supplemental information.