The Semantic Web

  • Harry Halpin
Part of the Semantic Web and Beyond book series (ADSW, volume 13)


In this chapter we review the Semantic Web, a project to extend the use of URIs on the Web to identify non-Web accessible things like real-world objects and imaginary concepts. We trace the history of the Semantic Web via the trajectory of classical artificial intelligence. Features of the Semantic Web’s most basic language, RDF, are explained as extensions of the principles of Web architecture. Finally, Web architecture is itself formalized as a Semantic Web ontology. Lastly, a comparison between artificial intelligence and the Semantic Web shows that it is the ‘Web’ in the Semantic Web, primarily the use of URIs, that is the main difference between the two projects.


Knowledge Representation Information Resource Resource Description Framework Semantic Network Blank Node 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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  • Harry Halpin
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  1. 1.Computer Science and W3C/CSAIL LaboratoryMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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