Chapter 9. Linked Data and the Semantic Web

This chapter provides an overview about the Semantic Web and related technologies. In this chapter, we will discuss the following topics:

  • Discussing the foundations of the Semantic Web as a Web of Data
  • Discussing microformats, Linked Data, and RDF
  • Mining semantic relations from DBpedia
  • Mining geographic information from Wikipedia
  • Plotting geographic information into Google Maps

A Web of Data

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international organization that works to develop Web standards, suggests a simple definition for the Semantic Web (, retrieved April 2016):

"The Semantic Web is a Web of Data"

Both, the term Semantic Web and this definition, were coined ...

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