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Information Sharing on the Semantic Web


Part of the Advanced Information and Knowlegde Processing book series (AI&KP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Information sharing and ontologies

  3. Creating ontologies and metadata

    1. Pages 65-83
    2. Pages 85-115
  4. Retrieval, integration and querying

  5. Distributed ontologies

    1. Pages 211-230
    2. Pages 231-241
  6. Conclusions

    1. Pages 245-254
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 261-276

About this book


The large-scale and almost ubiquitous availability of information has become as much of a curse as it is a blessing. The more information is available, the harder it is to locate any particular piece of it. And even when it has been successfully found, it is even harder still to usefully combine it with other information we may already possess.

It is commonly understood that this problem of information sharing can only be solved by giving computers better access to the semantics of the information. While it has been recognized that ontologies play a crucial role in solving the open problems, most approaches rely on the existence of well-established data structures. To overcome these shortcomings, Stuckenschmidt and van Harmelen describe ontology-based approaches for resolving semantic heterogeneity in weakly structured environments, in particular the World Wide Web. Addressing problems like missing conceptual models, unclear system boundaries, and heterogeneous representations, they design a framework for ontology-based information sharing in weakly structured environments like the Semantic Web.

For researchers and students in areas related to the Semantic Web, the authors provide not only a comprehensive overview of the State of the art, but also present in detail recent research in areas like ontology design for information integration, metadata generation and management, and representation and management of distributed ontologies. For professionals in areas such as e-commerce and knowledge management, the book provides decision support on the use of novel technologies, information about potential problems, and guidelines for the successful application of existing technologies.


E-Commerce Information Retrieval OWL OntoBroker Ontologies RDF Web World Wide Web XML data structure knowledge management ontology organization search engine marketing (SEM) semantic web

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam de Boelelaan 1081aAmsterdam
  2. 2.Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam de Boelelaan 1081aAmsterdam

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