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The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a structure for describing and interchanging metadata on the Web--anything from library catalogs and worldwide directories to bioinformatics, Mozilla internal data structures, and knowledge bases for artificial intelligence projects. RDF provides a consistent framework and syntax for describing and querying data, making it possible to share website descriptions more easily. RDF's capabilities, however, have long been shrouded by its reputation for complexity and a difficult family of specifications. Practical RDF breaks through this reputation with immediate and solvable problems to help you understand, master, and implement RDF solutions. Practical RDF explains RDF from the ground up, providing real-world examples and descriptions of how the technology is being used in applications like Mozilla, FOAF, and Chandler, as well as infrastructure you can use to build your own applications. This book cuts to the heart of the W3C's often obscure specifications, giving you tools to apply RDF successfully in your own projects. The first part of the book focuses on the RDF specifications. After an introduction to RDF, the book covers the RDF specification documents themselves, including RDF Semantics and Concepts and Abstract Model specifications, RDF constructs, and the RDF Schema. The second section focuses on programming language support, and the tools and utilities that allow developers to review, edit, parse, store, and manipulate RDF/XML. Subsequent sections focus on RDF's data roots, programming and framework support, and practical implementation and use of RDF and RDF/XML. If you want to know how to apply RDF to information processing, Practical RDF is for you. Whether your interests lie in large-scale information aggregation and analysis or in smaller-scale projects like weblog syndication, this book will provide you with a solid foundation for working with RDF.

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Average Rating: 2 out of 5 rating Based on 1 Rating

"An okay introduction to RDF & the Semantic Web " - by Christopher on 14-MAR-2011
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This book takes you through the use of RDF, RDF/XML, RDFS and OWL to build vocabularies, data models, and ontologies for the Semantic Web.

The problem is that the book could be better segmented.  What I mean is that is can often describe several terms across a number of pages without a single sub-heading to show that it is changing from one item to another.  It is okay on the first read, but when you need to review its content.

The other problem is that, at this point, the book is dated.  Things have changed, especially in OWL, so it isn't necessarily relevant in everything it says (at least it is not completed).  There really needs to be a second edition to the book.

The writing style is a bit stiff, as well.  I prefer the lighter style that many of the technical writers often have.  They sound like they are having fun.  This has a more academic feel, which is not preferable.

Nevertheless, if you want to learn something about the basics of RDF and OWL, it is an okay read.  However, you still might want to look elsewhere.  I'm reading it because of a requirement.

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