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Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist: Effective Modeling in RDFS and OWL

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Semantic Web models and technologies provide information in machine-readable languages that enable computers to access the Web more intelligently and perform tasks automatically without the direction of users. These technologies are relatively recent and advancing rapidly, creating a set of unique challenges for those developing applications.

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Paperback, Second Edition, 354 pages
Published May 20th 2011 by Morgan Kaufmann Publishers (first published April 25th 2008)
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TK Keanini
Oct 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: semantic-web
Out of all of my books on the subject, this is the one you want to read first and read twice.

Unlike the other books, it takes you through real examples and is very hands on. If you had the Protoge editor in hand, this book, and a pot of coffee, you would rock in a day or two.

Update: The first edition is full of errors and they finally put up an Errata section on the web.
Matthew Royal
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Useful, but not perfect. Not great for beginners. Thorough without feeling complete.

Chapters 14 and 15 on Modeling processes and best practices are the most useful bits -- this is what I was looking for when I bought the book!

I love Semantics, RDF, RDFS, OWL, SKOS, and use them at work, but finishing this book was a real chore. The text is fine, but could be 1/3 the size with some prose refactoring. I think more graphs and better graphs would have helped as well.
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book is focused on discussing ontologies and how some standard ontology languages can be used to model the world.
It doesn't discuss any ontology programming language library but it devotes one rather long chapter to introducing SPARQL: a standard SQL-inspired language for querying and manipulating ontology stores.
The book is very clear and detailed with many examples illustrating the theoretical aspects of ontologies and the inferencing process whereby asserted facts can be used to derive ne
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very helpful introduction to RDF, which was especially helpful for someone like me who learns best from books. Lots of information that experienced practitioners might take for granted is presented in an accessible style that doesn't assume the reader is already familiar, which was much appreciated.

Books about web technology are a dangerous game, since the landscape shifts so quickly and there are so many variables and dependencies to local systems infrastructure, but all in all this is a gre
Peter Aronson
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(This review applies to the 2nd printing of the 1st edition.) It is not easy to take a discussion of a potentially dry and technical subjects such as RDF, RDFS or OWL, and make them clear, interesting and engaging, but this book manages it (well, mostly in the case of OWL). This is a very high level of technical writing!

The place it falls down is in it examples it never actually shows any of how the resulting ontologies are used. The single most important thing about building any model is that i
Dec 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've wanted to read this for a while, so when some semantic web stuff came up at work, I was happy for the excuse to pick it up. It does a good job of explaining many common RDFS and OWL constructs - a few patterns and the terms that these standards define, with their meaning. It works through examples and shows how particular predicates can be used and what they should be interpreted as meaning.

However, I think this book wasn't quite what I had been looking for. It's nice to know that this part
Oct 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're interested in the semantic web, but are struggling to piece together the alphabet soup of acronyms and standards, then this is the book for you. I was in that position until I devoured this book. All my questions were answered (I now have twice as many questions, but they're new questions).

Overall, it's rare to find a 'text book' that is also a page turner, but this comes pretty close. The writing style is fluid and informative without being dry. The examples are understandable and suf
Aravind Raamkumar
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent for any kind of beginners in Semantic Web even though the book title claims to be for the Ontologists. A decent amount of text is contributed in explaining about the elements in the Semantic Web stack. The sequential approach of introducing concepts with real world examples, makes it so very easy for the reader to build on his existing knowledge. It doesn't frighten you at any stage with the complexity of OWL constructs and I think that's where this book succeeds. You get ...more
Gopala Krishna Koduri
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book to get started with the concepts of semantic web, not just for ontologists but anyone. Every other page has an example that help readers to comprehend the concepts with ease. The flow of topics is natural (Intro->RDF->Inferencing and querying->RDF-Plus->OWL), and the chapters like ch. 4 (Semantic Web application architecture), ch. 9 (Using RDFS-Plus in the wild) give a bird's eye view of the topics which help the reader to know which part of it is being discussed and ho ...more
Matteo Tomasulo
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cs-technical
Very recommended book on this topic. Oriented on explain and not on write a tons of dumb notions.

Useful the "challenges" parts where the author propose and solve some typical problems in semantic modeling with standard modeling patterns.
The main example are available on the book site:

I read by now this book as a reference book reading specific chapters on the specific area I needed to study but I will read it cover to cover since I got a very good impression.
Dan Carey
Allemang has written precisely the book I needed to begin doing ontology modeling. He provides more detail than most shorter-format pieces (and excluding the all-too-familiar Pizza modeling exercise), while writing in prose that does not get lost in the technospeak that many standards documents employ. This book will be kept close at hand over the next few years, I'm sure, so that I can consult it as new subtleties of semantic modeling occur to me and I need more detail. ...more
Jeff Wilsbacher
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During the first few chapters I was thinking modeling in OWL would be like writing to a relational database. Not so much. By the end of the book I became convinced that graph storage is a huge missing piece in our data storage needs, along with relational stored, big table, inverted indexes and key value stores.
Bob S.
May 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: professional
I love the practical orientation of this book. Like any good example of this type, it covers many counter-intuitive colloquialisms that will make modeling in RDFS/OWL easier, including common patterns that will provide unexpected results.
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: semantic-web
This book really "gets it" in terms of relationship based modeling and constructing a model with inferencing in mind. Anyone who is modeling to leverage to true power of a graph model using W3C standards should read this. ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a working ontologist, but I found this to be one of the most clearly written introductions to the semantic web and data modeling with RDF that I've read to date. ...more
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: computers-lang
Excellent introductory overview.
Bill Slawski
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good starting point for people interested in learning about the Semantic Web, and covers the major topics in a way that makes you think clearly about them.,
Robert-Reinder Nederhoed
Half way through. Very accessible. Learned about non-XML RDF. Will update this review when finished.
Feb 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
never finished it.
Jan 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for learning the basics and formats for Web services. I learned a lot from this book.
Jim Morris
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first couple chapters are the best introduction to the Semantic Web and Linked Data that I've read. The rest is essential reading for anyone doing this professionally. ...more
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