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Foundations for the Web of Information and Services

A Review of 20 Years of Semantic Web Research

  • Dieter Fensel


  • State-of-the-art overview of current Semantic Web research

  • Original contributions written by leading researchers from all over the world

  • Compiled on the occasion of Rudi Studer’s (one of the first dedicated Semantic Web researchers) 60th birthday


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIV
  2. Colleagues and Historical Roots

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bernhard Haslhofer, Erich J. Neuhold
      Pages 3-27
    3. Andreas Oberweis, Hartmut Schmeck, Detlef Seese, Wolffried Stucky, Stefan Tai
      Pages 29-40
    4. Peter C. Lockemann
      Pages 41-56
    5. Frank van Harmelen, Annette ten Teije, Holger Wache
      Pages 57-75
    6. John Davies, Paul Warren, York Sure
      Pages 77-102
    7. Ian Horrocks
      Pages 103-112
  3. Academic Legacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Stephan Bloehdorn, Sebastian Blohm, Philipp Cimiano, Eugenie Giesbrecht, Andreas Hotho, Uta Lösch et al.
      Pages 115-142
    3. Andreas Hotho, Gerd Stumme
      Pages 143-153
    4. Stefan Decker, Siegfried Handschuh, Manfred Hauswirth
      Pages 155-174
    5. Elena Simperl, Denny Vrandečić, Barry Norton
      Pages 175-191
    6. Gerd Gröner, Fernando Silva Parreiras, Steffen Staab, Tobias Walter
      Pages 193-213
    7. Sudhir Agarwal, Stephan Bloehdorn, Steffen Lamparter
      Pages 215-237
    8. Andreas Eberhart, Peter Haase, Daniel Oberle, Valentin Zacharias
      Pages 239-251
    9. Nenad Stojanovic, Ljiljana Stojanovic, Darko Anicic, Jun Ma, Sinan Sen, Roland Stühmer
      Pages 253-279
    10. Andreas Abecker, Ernst Biesalski, Simone Braun, Mark Hefke, Valentin Zacharias
      Pages 281-310
    11. Markus Krötzsch, Denny Vrandečić
      Pages 311-326
    12. Juergen Angele, Hans-Peter Schnurr, Saartje Brockmans, Michael Erdmann
      Pages 327-341

About this book


In the mid 1990s, Tim Berners-Lee had the idea of developing the World Wide Web into a „Semantic Web“, a web of information that could be interpreted by machines in order to allow the automatic exploitation of data, which until then had to be done by humans manually.

One of the first people to research topics related to the Semantic Web was Professor Rudi Studer. From the beginning, Rudi drove projects like ONTOBROKER and On-to-Knowledge, which later resulted in W3C standards such as RDF and OWL. By the late 1990s, Rudi had established a research group at the University of Karlsruhe, which later became the nucleus and breeding ground for Semantic Web research, and many of today’s well-known research groups were either founded by his disciples or benefited from close cooperation with this think tank.

In this book, published in celebration of Rudi’s 60th birthday, many of his colleagues look back on the main research results achieved during the last 20 years. Under the editorship of Dieter Fensel, once one of Rudi’s early PhD students, an impressive list of contributors and contributions has been collected, covering areas like Knowledge Management, Ontology Engineering, Service Management, and Semantic Search.
Overall, this book provides an excellent overview of the state of the art in Semantic Web research, by combining historical roots with the latest results, which may finally make the dream of a “Web of knowledge, software and services” come true.


Knowledge Management Ontologies Semantic Technologies Semantic Web Service Management Web Mining

Editors and affiliations

  • Dieter Fensel
    • 1
  1. 1.STI Innsbruck, ICT - TechnologieparkUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

About the editors

Dieter Fensel holds a professorship at the University of Innsbruck and is the director of STI Innsbruck, a Computer Science research institute with over 60 employees. He has over 240 publications in the form of scientific books and journals, conferences, and workshop contributions. He has co-organized over 200 conferences and workshops. He has supervised over 40 master and Ph.D. theses and is a recipient of the Carl-Adam-Petri-Award of the Faculty of Economic Sciences from the University of Karlsruhe. His current research interests focus on the development and application of semantics to all areas of Computer Science. Dieter Fensel is also the co-founder and president of the newly established Semantic Technology Institute (STI) International, whose major aim is to establish semantics as a core pillar of modern Computer Science. STI International was the natural progression of DERI International where Dieter Fensel established expedient relationships with major research centers around Europe, Asia and America.

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"This is an excellent collection of contributions on advancements in the World Wide Web (WWW)--the semantic Web in particular--in the last 20 years. The book is primarily intended for researchers in the semantic Web field. I recommend it especially for newcomers." - M. Bielikova, ACM Computing Reviews, August 2012