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A Librarian's Guide to Graphs, Data and the Semantic Web by James Powell

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Introduction

Single file, rarely out of step with one another, a large contingent of ants marches almost as a single pulsing organism. In intimate proximity to one another, they make their way toward the remnants of a careless human’s lunch. From above it is hard to see the stream of tiny ants emerging from a crater-like mound of sand.

As individuals, they are not gifted with keen sight. And despite such close quarters, they don’t feel crowded, rushed, or claustrophobic. They effortlessly climb obstacles that would at our scale seem to be insurmountable boulders. They build nests, fights off invaders, and lifts massive items many times its own weight all in support of the collective.

Yet they have no leader. The colony is self-organizing. Like ...

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