The promise of the semantic Web — in which machines can find, share, and combine data on the Web — is not just a technical possibility, but a practical reality. Programming the Semantic Web demonstrates several ways to implement semantic Web applications, using current and emerging standards and technologies. You’ll learn how to incorporate existing data sources into semantically aware applications and publish rich semantic data.
Each chapter walks you through a single piece of semantic technology and explains how you can use it to solve real problems. Whether you’re writing a simple mashup or maintaining a high-performance enterprise solution, Programming the Semantic Web provides a standard, flexible approach for integrating and future-proofing systems and data.
This book will help you:
- Learn how the semantic Web allows new and unexpected uses of data to emerge
- Understand how semantic technologies promote data portability with a simple, abstract model for knowledge representation
- Become familiar with semantic standards, such as the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the Web Ontology Language (OWL)
- Make use of semantic programming techniques to both enrich and simplify current Web applications
In the preface of the book, authors Toby Segaran, Colin Evans, and Jamie Taylor, state that whether or not the semantic Web can do anything interesting is solely up to you, the developer. They continue, “While the vision of the semantic Web holds a great deal of promise, the real value of this vision is the technology that it has spawned for making data more portable and extensible. Whether you’re writing a simple ‘mashup’ or maintaining a high-performance enterprise solution, this book provides a standard, flexible approach for integrating and future-proofing systems and data.”