Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies


Pascal Hitzler, Markus Krötzsch, Sebastian Rudolph

Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies



Semantic web is a maturing field of technology that continues to be the emphasis of much focused research. This foundational text introduces the standardized knowledge representation languages for modeling ontologies operating at the core of the semantic web. To support the presentation of each language, the authors explain syntax and underlying intuitions through examples, with separate treatment of the underlying formal semantics. They cover RDF schema, Web Ontology Language (OWL), rules, and query languages, such as SPARQL. The book also presents recent developments concerning the OWL 2 revision and the forthcoming Rule Interchange Format (RIF).

Selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association in 2010.

Published at CRC Press (Book)

(last update: Jun 13 2009)

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Content details, slides, and further information can be found on the book's homepage.

This textbook has received the American Library Association's prestigious recognition as an Outstanding Academic Title among the 7000 textbooks reviewed in 2010. See the news item at the University of Oxford for more details. Subscribers can access the list of selected textbooks in the ALA's Choice magazine.

Note that there is also a German textbook Semantic Web – Grundlagen.


Semantic Web, Description Logics, Rule languages