Social Semantics

The Search for Meaning on the Web

  • Harry Halpin

Part of the Semantic Web and Beyond book series (ADSW, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 205-220

About this book


Social Semantics: The Search for Meaning on the Web provides a unique introduction to identity and reference theories of the World Wide Web, through the academic lens of philosophy of language and data-driven statistical models. The Semantic Web is a natural evolution of the Web, and this book covers the URL-based Web architecture and Semantic Web in detail. It has a robust empirical side which has an impact on industry.

Social Semantics: The Search for Meaning on the Web discusses how the largest problem facing the Semantic Web is the problem of identity and reference, and how these are the results of a larger general theory of meaning. This book hypothesizes that statistical semantics can solve these problems, illustrated by case studies ranging from a pioneering study of tagging systems to using the Semantic Web to boost the results of commercial search engines.

Social Semantics: The Search for Meaning on the Web targets practitioners working in the related fields of the semantic web, search engines, information retrieval, philosophers of language and more. Advanced-level students and researchers focusing on computer science will also find this book valuable as a secondary text or reference book.


Identity Information Retrieval Meaning Ontologies Philosophy Reference Relevance Feedback Search Semantic Semantic Web Social Semantics Tagging Web Architecture

Authors and affiliations

  • Harry Halpin
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  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyComputer Science and Artificial Intellig Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-1884-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-1885-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1559-7474
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