Semantic Web For Dummies

I am surprised: In the last weeks surfing the Web citations of Semantic Web appeared more frequently than ever, the topic becomes more and more popular. Wrong or right,  a certain proof is in the recent publication of this book:

Jeffrey T. Pollock, Semantic Web For Dummies, Wiley, 2009.  ISBN: 0-470-39679-2


Looking into the (near) future of Web 3.0 with J.T. Pollock:

“The single largest feature of this future utopia (Semantic Web) that’s different than today is this: Every source of data, every master software system and application, and every platform integration and database provide an interface to its data and business rules in an RDF (Resource Description Framework)–compatible graph data language. When this ubiquity of Web-addressable graph data is achieved, you’ll see a dramatic and sustainable cost reduction around data sharing.
RDF will do for data what the Web did for documents. Do you remember what computing was like before the Web? Do you remember how you found documents before the search engine? Do you remember what it cost to share documents before the Internet? Those are the days that gray-haired IT guys and pencil-sharpening finance gals would like to forget.” (p.52).

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3 thoughts on “Semantic Web For Dummies

  1. Hi Armin,

    Here’s another piece of semantic web related news which I think will be of interest:

    Talis is offering free hosting for public domain data sets in its semantic web platform. I’ve long been interested in the potential for disseminating statistics as linked data through the semantic web (have been following your blog since we met briefly at an OECD event a few years ago). Would be interested to hear your thoughts on the potential of this to start sharing statistical data through the semantic web.

    1. Hi Leigh
      I have listened with interest to your podcast (dated 15th of April) about Talis Connected Common and the public domain data licenses. Official Statistics are – as I can see – not intensively working in the field of structured and linked data. I am preparing a post about this, and Connected Common could be a real chance and challenge ;).
      Best regards

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