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Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist, 2nd Edition by James Hendler, Dean Allemang

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Preface to the first edition

In 2003, when the World Wide Web Consortium was working toward the ratification of the Recommendations for the Semantic Web languages, RDF, RDFS, and OWL, we realized that there was a need for an industrial-level introductory course in these technologies. The standards were technically sound, but, as is typically the case with standards documents, they were written with technical completeness in mind rather than education. We realized that for this technology to take off, people other than mathematicians and logicians would have to learn the basics of semantic modeling.

Toward that end, we started a collaboration to create a series of trainings aimed not at university students or technologists but at Web developers ...

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