Semantic Web Engineering in the Knowledge Society

Semantic Web Engineering in the Knowledge Society

Jorge Cardoso (SAP Research, Germany) and Miltiadis D. Lytras (Effat University, Saudi Arabia)
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Release Date: October, 2008|Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 424
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-112-4
ISBN13: 9781605661124|ISBN10: 1605661120|EISBN13: 9781605661131|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781616925178
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Semantics and ontologies offer an extension to traditional information systems in which information is given well-defined meaning, enabling computers and people to work in cooperation. With expanding uses and integrations of semantics and ontologies, research in Semantic Web engineering has grown immensely.

Semantic Web Engineering in the Knowledge Society brings together contributions from researchers and scientists from both industry and academia and representatives from different communities for the understanding and exploration of the theories, tools, and applications of semantics and ontologies. This authoritative reference serves as the platform for exchange of both practical technologies and far reaching implications, offering academicians and practitioners a compendium of knowledge in Semantic Web engineering.


The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Association analytics
  • Benchmarking in the semantic Web
  • Fault-tolerant emergent semantics
  • Industrial use of semantics
  • Model-driven design approach
  • Network Connectivity
  • NNEC semantic interoperability
  • Ontology population
  • Semantic annotation
  • Semantic Processing
  • Semantic Web Applications
  • Semantic Web portals
  • Semantic Web Technologies
  • Social semantic collaboration
  • Social semantic desktop
  • Web Information Extraction
Reviews and Testimonials

This book lays the foundations for understanding the concepts and technologies behind the Semantic Web.

– Jorge Cardoso, SAP Research, Germany

This book addresses the language barriers between human computers and provides a bridge between conflicting information systems, and this collection of research articles delves into this emerging area of ontology.

– Book News Inc. (March 2009)

The book is a versatile reference for academics, senior students, researchers, and practitioners who are interested in exploring the solutions made possible by semantic web technologies and applications.

– Online Information Review, Vol. 33, No. 5

This title showcases cutting edge research and experiments in using semantics and ontologies to give information well-defined meaning with the aim of enabling seamless cooperation between computers and people. [...] This is a versatile reference for academics, senior students, researchers and practitioners who are interested in exploring the solutions made possible by Semantic Web technologies and applications.

– Marietjie Schutte, University of Pretoria The Australian Library Journal (August 2010)
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Editor Biographies
Dr. Jorge Cardoso joined the University of Madeira (Portugal) in March 2003. He previously gave lectures at University of Georgia (USA) and at the Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (Portugal). Dr. Cardoso received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Georgia in 2002. While at the University of Georgia, he was a part of the LSDIS Lab. where he did extensive research on workflow management systems. He received his M. Sc. and B. Sc. also in Computer Science from the University of Coimbra (Portugal). In 1999, he worked at the Boeing Company on enterprise application integration. Dr. Cardoso was the co-organizer and co-chair of the First, Second, and Third International Workshop on Semantic and Dynamic Web Processes. He has published over 60 refereed papers in the areas of workflow management systems, Semantic Web, and related fields. He has also edited 3 books on Semantic Web and Web services. Prior to joining the University of Georgia, he worked for two years at CCG, Zentrum für Graphische Datenverarbeitung, where is did research on Computer Supported Cooperative Work.
Miltiadis D. Lytras has co-edited/co-edits, 25 special issues in International Journals (e.g., IEEE Transaction on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE Transactions on Education, Computers in Human Behaviour, etc.) and has authored/[co-]edited 12 books (e.g., Open Source for Knowledge and Learning Management, Ubiquitous and Pervasive Knowledge Management, Intelligent Learning Infrastructures for Knowledge Intensive Organizations, and Semantic Based Information Systems). He is the founder and officer of the Semantic Web and Information Systems Special Interest Group in the association for information systems ( He serves as the (Co) Editor-in-Chief of 12 international journals (e.g., International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, International Journal on Social and Humanistic Computing, International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems, International Journal on Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism, International Journal of Electronic Democracy, International Journal of Electronic Banking, and International Journal of Electronic Trade) while he is an associate editor or editorial board member of seven more.
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The Knowledge Society is not a utopia or a phrase typically found in political speeches. Computer Science, Semantic Web and Information Science communities have years of valuable experience that can contribute to the design, implementation and launch of applications for the awareness and realization of the Knowledge Society.

After working and researching for many years in Web Engineering domains, we have decided to compile an edition which will help students, researchers and practitioners exploit promising Semantic Web technologies. We had in mind, from the beginning, to promote a balanced discussion of key theoretical topics combined with a practical orientation. With the support and contribution of more than 40 academics and practitioners around the world, the manuscript Semantic Web Engineering in the Knowledge Society is finally in your hands.

Many papers have been written and many statements have been articulated to describe the Semantic Web. From a technical perspective, the current World Wide Web is syntactic and the content itself is only readable by humans. The Semantic Web proposes the mark-up or annotation of the content on the Web using formal ontologies that structure underlying data for the purpose of comprehensive and transportable machine understanding. Academia has been working on several solutions, applications and examples to illustrate how the use of semantics can greatly enhance the integration and interoperability of information systems. Nevertheless, many professionals in the industry believe that there is a lack of guiding principles that would enable them to deploy end-to-end solutions in a straightforward and effortless way. Having this requirement in mind, this edition describes aspects and issues that have considerable importance in the development of end-to-end solutions. Such contributions include research on knowledge modeling, ontology design methodologies, ontology tools, approaches for semantic annotation, and inferencing and reasoning.

The main objective of the book is to lay the foundations for understanding the concepts and technologies behind the Semantic Web. Organizations and professionals are striving for literature that guides them in the development of end-to-end applications and systems that use semantics. While the industry is willing to use semantics, academia has not yet been shown how to systematically employ Semantic Web technologies to deploy a new breed of systems. This book aims to provide relevant theories, tools, and methodologies to develop semantic applications. It is written for students and professionals who want to improve their understanding of how semantics and ontologies can be used inside organizations. It also studies how semantics are applied to each of the steps of the lifecycle of semantic applications and how semantics can help address critical issues of reuse, integration, and interoperability.

A variety of relevant topics and solutions are discussed in fourteen chapters and include the following areas:

  • Modeling knowledge
  • The Semantic Web Engineering agenda
  • Expressing knowledge
  • Syntax, semantics and pragmatics
  • Ontology design methodologies
  • Ontology languages
  • Ontology tools
  • Semantic annotation
  • Inferencing and reasoning
  • Industrial use of semantics: case studies
  • Knowledge society and semantics: case studies
  • Research on semantics: open fields
  • The future of the Semantic Web

    This book provides valuable answers to frequent problems that academia and industry commonly face when implementing Semantic Web based solutions. In each chapter a key concern of Semantic Web Engineering is discussed.

    This edition represents another valuable contribution to the available literature on Semantic Web and knowledge representation on the Web. Therefore, we invite you to be part of the exciting Semantic Web Engineering Community and we look forward to your comments, ideas and suggestions for upcoming editions.

    March 2008 Jorge Cardoso, SAP Research, Germany Miltiadis D. Lytras, Open Research Society, Greece