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.
A must-read for anybody interested in the Future of the Web
By Joel Natividad - March 27, 2009
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... read more
I feel like a Dummy for buying this book
By Chris Williams - January 26, 2010
I should have known this book would suck. I have never had great luck with the "For Dummies," but I was itching to get a Semantic Web book while I was in a Borders brick and mortar store so I rolled the dice. Big mistake. The author managed to pump enough BS into the book that it takes until half-way-in before you see your first RDF triple. He repeats himself incessantly. This sort of writing really pisses me off because it comes off like the author is just trying to fill pages... well guess what, it wastes my time! His explanations of relational databases and object oriented programming (a) don't belong in the book, (b) long, and (c) are poor. He comes off like a total academic with no real-world experience. This guy sounds like the type of professor I really really hate.
I have only ever reviewed one other product, but I am trying to shop for a real tech book and couldn't pass up the opportunity to review this as I'm thumbing through amazon's pages.
Start Your Semantic Web Journey Here
By Tom Provenzano - March 30, 2010
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... read more
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