Linked Data David Wood

ISBN: 9781617290398

Published: 2013


336 pages


Linked Data  by  David     Wood

Linked Data by David Wood
2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 336 pages | ISBN: 9781617290398 | 9.17 Mb

The book represents a great introduction into the field of linked data. It is neither a survey nor an academical course but a deep consistent overview aimed at a practitioner. It can be very useful for anyone who wants some single source to get quick understanding of main concepts in linked data. The book is full of examples illustrating every minor and major concept introduced.

Even listings of document sources which may seem too long at the first glance ultimately turn to complement the text in exactly right proportion. The same is true for lists and tables distributed across the book - they provide required level of documentation supporting the text without turning it into kind of reference. Diagrams are clear and concise. All these tools enable the reader to get maximum information from this moderate-size book which may take just a couple of weeks of everyday reading.

SOmetimes terms are being referenced before being introduced in the text but glossary and index allow the reader to navigate to the definintion immediately and not leave any gap till the term is defined in the text. Along with linked data topics the book also introduces some pure IT concepts (like Javascript/Python features) useful for building linked data applications.The book is not limited with introduction in the field of linked data but it also teaches the reader to apply this knowledge.

First five chapters (parts 1 and 2) introduce the concepts and in chapter 6 the reader may start to get your hands dirty following the detailed instructions on how to create linked data applications. He/she will learn how to convert and prepare their data to get them aggregated and stored in RDF format. After this the book describes the ways how to make your application part of linked data world leveraging best practices for data publication.

Later the reader is being acquainted with Callimanchus project which provides browser-based tools for development web applications utilizing RDF data. I strongly liked two last chapters, both their idea and contents. Chapter 10 provides a recap/overview of major steps involved in publishing of linked data. It can be very useful for thoughtful reader who goes through the book leaving no stone unturned and as a result may miss some parts of broader picture.

The latest chapter is a brief overview of state of things in Semantic Web world and linked data in particular, some successs stories related to these technologies and current developments in the field.Authors use Python and Javascript in the examples. In case the reader is not familiar with this languages, he/she may get all required information from excellent (and limited in size) sources such as The Quick Python Book, Second Edition by Naomi Ceder and Javascript for Beginners by Mark Lassoff.

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