Introduction to the Semantic Web

Ivan Herman, W3C Head of Offices
Beijing, China, 12 November, 2003

Slides of the presentation held in Beijing, China, on the 12 November, 2003, at the China International Forum for WWW Development, organized by the China Computer Federation and the W3C Hong Kong Office.

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Table of Content:

  1. [Title Page]
  2. Towards a Semantic Web
  3. What Is Needed?
  4. Problem Example
  5. Statements
  6. Resource Description Framework
  7. Simple RDF statements
  8. URI-s Play a Fundamental Role
  9. Adding a new predicate
  10. More on RDF
  11. Use of RDF in our example
  12. RDF or XML?
  13. Where Does the Metadata Come From?
  14. RDF is not Enough…
  15. Possible Issues to Handle
  16. Ontologies
  17. W3C’s Ontology Language (OWL)
  18. OWL is also RDF
  19. An Example in OWL
  20. Deduction Possibilities
  21. OWL Examples: Classes
  22. Property Characterizations
  23. Miscellaneous possibilities
  24. However: Ontologies are Hard!
  25. Semantic Web Stack
  26. Available Specifications: Primers
  27. Available Specifications: RDF
  28. Available Specifications: Ontology
  29. Public Fora at W3C
  30. Some Tools
  31. SW Applications
  32. SW Application Examples
  33. SW Application Examples (cont)
  34. SW Application Examples (cont)
  35. SW Application Examples (cont)
  36. Further Information