CHAPTER 1 What Is the Semantic Web?

This book is about something we call the Semantic Web. From the name, you can probably guess that it is related somehow to the famous World Wide Web (WWW) and that it has something to do with semantics. Semantics, in turn, has to do with understanding the nature of meaning, but even the word semantics has a number of meanings. In what sense are we using the word semantics? And how can it be applied to the Web?

This book is also about a working ontologist. That is, the aim of this book is not to motivate or pitch the Semantic Web but to provide the tools necessary for working with it. Or, perhaps more accurately, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has provided these tools in the forms of standard Semantic ...

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