Adding semantics to the Web

  • John G. BreslinEmail author
  • Alexandre Passant
  • Stefan Decker


The ‘Semantic Web’ can be thought of as the next generation of the Web where computers can aid humans with their daily web-related tasks as more meaningful structured information is added to the Web (manually and automatically). For example, using a combination of facts like ‘John works_at NUI Galway’, ‘Mary knows John’, ‘John is a Person’, ‘Mary is a Person’, ‘NUI Galway is an Organisation’, ‘A Person works_at an Organisation’, and ‘A Person knows a Person’, you can allow computers to answer relatively straightforward questions like ‘Find me all the people who know others who work at NUI Galway’ which at the moment is quite difficult for us to do without some manual processing of information returned from search results.


Resource Description Framework SPARQL Query Rugby Player Link Open Data Soccer Team 
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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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • John G. Breslin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alexandre Passant
    • 2
  • Stefan Decker
    • 2
  1. 1.Electrical and Electronic Engineering School of Engineering and Informatics National University of IrelandGalwayIreland
  2. 2.Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), National University of IrelandGalwayIreland

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