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The Semantic Web – a new tool for libraries?

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Work on the Semantic Web has given rise to the new discipline of Web Science, which itself draws in diverse disciplines such as mathematics, physics, engineering, psychology, sociology, biology, computer science, web engineering, artificial intelligence, law, economics and politics.


There are centres for studying the Semantic Web at:

Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI)
School of Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton

Digital Enterprise Research Unit (DERI)
National University of Ireland, Galway


The following publications are recommended as good introductions to the Semantic Web:

Greenberg, J. and Méndez, E. (Eds) (2007), Knitting the Semantic Web, Haworth Information Press, New York, NY (simultaneously published as Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, Vol. 43 No. 3-4).

Hitzler, P., Krötzsch, M. and Rudolph, S. (2009), Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies, Chapman & Hall/CRC.

Websites is a portal created by Markus Krötzsch for information on research and development in the Semantic Web: . It provides detailed introductions to a number of areas.

The W3C pages on the Semantic Web can be found at:

O'Reilly's provides a very clear introduction to RDFa: