The Semantic Web

Semantics for Data and Services on the Web

  • Vipul Kashyap
  • Christoph Bussler
  • Matthew Moran

Part of the Data-Centric Systems and Applications book series (DCSA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Preliminaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 3-10
  3. Information Aspects of the Semantic Web

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Pages 23-33
    3. Pages 35-78
    4. Pages 79-135
  4. Process Aspects of the Semantic Web

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Pages 195-214
    3. Pages 233-248
    4. Pages 249-286
  5. Standards

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Pages 289-307
  6. Putting it All Together and Perspective

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 375-414

About this book


The Semantic Web is a vision – the idea of having data on the Web defined and linked in such a way that it can be used by machines not just for display purposes but for automation, integration and reuse of data across various applications. Technically, however, there is a widespread misconception that the Semantic Web is primarily a rehash of existing AI and database work focused on encoding knowledge representation formalisms in markup languages such as RDF(S), DAML+OIL or OWL.

Kashyap, Bussler, and Moran seek to dispel this notion by presenting the broad dimensions of this emerging Semantic Web and the multi-disciplinary technological underpinnings like machine learning, information retrieval, service-oriented architectures, and grid computing, thus combining the informational and computational aspects needed to realize the full potential of the Semantic Web vision. Throughout the book, the use-case of a clinical vignette will serve to motivate and explain solutions based on Semantic Web technologies, emphasizing the application aspects related to data integration, knowledge acquisition, change management, semantic web services, and workflow management.

With this textbook, the authors deliver an application-driven state-of-the-art presentation of Semantic Web technologies, ideally suited for academic courses on the Semantic Web and architectures of information systems, and for self-studying professionals engaged in the design and implementation of advanced application systems.


AML Annotation Outlook Workflow Management automation communication information system knowledge representation learning machine learning ontology semantic web semantics

Authors and affiliations

  • Vipul Kashyap
    • 1
  • Christoph Bussler
    • 2
  • Matthew Moran
    • 3
  1. 1.Partners HealthCare System Clinical Informatics R&DWellesleyUSA
  2. 2.Merced Systems, Inc.Redwood ShoresUSA
  3. 3.Nortel Mervue Industry ParkGalwayIreland

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