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XML Topic Maps: Creating and Using Topic Maps for the Web by Jack Park, Sam Hunting

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What Is the Semantic Web?

This question is important; if you are going to construct tools to participate in the Semantic Web, it's useful to know more about the activity. That's the tool builder's perspective. If you are going to use the Semantic Web, it is still useful to know more. Content owners fit into this discussion as well. In any case, break the phrase Semantic Web into its two constituent words, and web comes to mind fairly quickly. We think of spider webs, and, these days, neural networks and something called semantic networks. It seems that the meaning of semantic may not come to mind quite as easily.

Let's have some fun here. Webster's Dictionary defines semantic as “to signify, to mean.” I emphasize these two words, signify and ...

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