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Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist by James Hendler, Dean Allemang

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CHAPTER 5 RDF and Inferencing

In Chapter 1, we introduced the notion of “dumb” data and how a more connected Web infrastructure can result in behavior that lets smart applications perform to their potential. One way to make data smarter is to provide an integrated representation of information and to present information by making queries to this representation. In the Semantic Web, we have seen how RDF allows this integrated representation to be distributed over the Web. But we have also stressed the importance of modeling to making sense of this network of data. How can our Web infrastructure allow a model to help us to make sense of an integrated network of data? Let’s look at another simple example of “dumb” data to show how this can work. ...

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