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Pull: The Power of the Semantic Web to Transform Your Business

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The first clear guide to the Semantic Web and its upcoming impact on the business world
Imagine that, in 1992, someone handed you a book about the future of something called the World Wide Web. This book claimed that through a piece of software called a "browser," which accesses "web sites," the world economy and our daily lives would change forever. Would you have believ
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published December 31st 2009 by Portfolio (first published 2009)
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Preston Lee
May 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Disclosure: I am a computer scientist, and semantic web concepts are nothing new to me. They began to emerge in academia more than a decade ago, but have yet to gain wide-scale adoption for reasons I will not go into here. It was very clear within the first few chapters that my own idyllic vision of the semantic future departs somewhat from Siegel's predictions. My review is thus significantly skewed.

In terms of visioneering, this is a 5-star presentation. In "Pull: The Power of the Semantic Web
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I consider myself a dancer of the world - allowing my aspiration to shift at every moment yet always seeking structures for workability.

Pull is the kind of book that makes you realize one is a fluid set of outcomes and that everything around you has the opportunity to align with exactly where you are right now and fulfill on exactly what you want.

The book explains the semantic web in "plain English" - not technical jargon many of you may have seen in other works (which to a technologist such as
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Best explanation of why the semantic web matters and why it will change our lives I've read. ...more
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: semantic-web
Great book discussing the vision of the semantic web. The focus of this book is NOT on the technology of semantic web (hardly even touches W3C stack). The focus is on the idea of open data standards and how standardizing metadata communication will change the Internet as we know it. Great overviews of XBRL and other standardization efforts, as well as a ton of ideas for entrepreneurs. Highly recommend to IT managers as well as developers looking to understand some of the hype around the "semanti ...more
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books, have
This is a great book. I think it's appropriate for anyone with some connection with technology.
The ideas are very easy to grasp. You can even say that some of them are obvious. But, the way the author explains the idea of Semantic Web makes the line between scifi and reality seem thinner.

He explains in much details many steps on were and how the web can be more smart and help everyday life. E-commerce, law, real state, medicine and many other areas are very well exploited in a very simple langua
Jul 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Kind of an interesting book.

Siegel puts a lot of faith in standards, but seems to grossly underestimate the amount of time it takes to develop them.

He also seems to feel standards will somehow make businesses want to cooperate with each other and with customers.

There are some interesting ideas in here, though. His main point, that we need some kind of central repository for our online life, is a good one, although he doesn't seem very concerned about the security implications of something like t
Kristian Norling
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great vision for the use of semantic technologies in business and public sector, a vision that is quite possibly can happen really soon. I've read a few books on semantic tech, but they were all either too technical or too academic,with no valuable, useful real-life applications. This books has real examples with projections for future use of the technology and how to adapt to what is coming. This book is highly recommended! ...more
John Orman
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Using this semantic web requires making a fundamental transition from pushing information to pulling, thinking and collaborating in a different fashion from Web 1.0 and 2.0.

Customers pull all info toward them about products and services, so that advice is more useful and reusable.

The End of Push--what a concept!
Rick Scheu
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-book-shelf
Gary Lang
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lots of great examples and ideas for using Ontologies for applications involving Business Intelligence and sensor-based data. The goal is to create a semantic-focused Internet of Things. A great book by an ex-neighbor of mine.
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Good ideas, but about 100 pages too long.

Also it's much more of an aggregation of thoughts as opposed to anything new or groundbreaking.
Maciej Janiec
Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Good introduction to semantic web, but a little too shallow.
Mar 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Waste of paper
Uwe Hook
May 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The bible of the Semantic Web and a good introduction to VRM
Oct 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Great ideas, but the author glosses over or simply ignores the larger social and economic consequences of the world he envisions.
Mohammed Ali Ali
This books describes how the Semantic Web will change the world in the near future. Very exciting :)
Joe Raimondo
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Siegel does his usual exhaustive and imaginative deep dive into "the next big thing." Definitely a good OK intro to semantic web and Internet of things. ...more
Linda Lillard
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and intriguing!
Oct 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reads like a sci-fi novel, but happens to be really practical at the same time. I'm not sure if I agree with all of the predictions made by Siegel, but I am enjoying the book. ...more
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