- Provides an introduction to the ‘semantic web’ and semantic publishing for readers outside the field of computer science
- Discusses the relevance of the ‘semantic web’ and semantic publishing more broadly, and its application to academic research
- Examines the changing ecologies of knowledge production
This book addresses the question of how knowledge is currently documented, and may soon be documented in the context of what it calls ‘semantic publishing’. This takes two forms: a more narrowly and technically defined ‘semantic web’; as well as a broader notion of semantic publishing. This book examines the ways in which knowledge is represented in journal articles and books. By contrast, it goes on to explore the potential impacts of semantic publishing on academic research and authorship. It sets this in the context of changing knowledge ecologies: the way research is done; the way knowledge is represented and; the modes of knowledge access used by researchers, students and the general public.
Towards A Semantic Web, 1st Edition
Changing knowledge systems in the era of the social web; Frameworks for knowledge representation; The meaning of meaning: Alternative disciplinary perspectives; What does the digital do to knowledge making? Books and journal articles: The textual practices of academic; Textual representations and knowledge support-systems in research intensive networks; An historical introduction to formal knowledge systems; Contemporary dilemmas: Tables versus webs; Upper-level ontologies; Describing knowledge domains: A case study of biological ontologies; On commensurability; A framework for commensurability; Creating an interlanguage of the social web; Interoperability and the exchange of humanly usable digital content; Framing a new agenda for semantic publishing.
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A good book for its wealth of sometimes profound insights into the evolution of scholarship and scientific communication from a relatively static print culture into what's already emerged as a protean electronic culture., College and Research Libraries