View Full Version : Semantic Web Programming

Aug 1st, 2002, 04:13 PM
Anybody around here know about the upcoming semantic web? I did a research project a few months back and have some ideas I'd love to swap around with some other DAML junkies or people getting started with it like me...

Aug 1st, 2002, 10:09 PM
Well, you said ppl getting started with it, huh?! Ok, I even dunno what you're talking about! what's that semantic thing and what's DAML! Is it enough for a beginner?!

Aug 1st, 2002, 11:12 PM
The concepts are a little complex, but really it just takes a bit of time to work with...

Esseantially the semantic web is putting a level of meaning or context to web documents. Here's an example I try with people I talk with...

Let's say you meet a Mr. Cook who is the president of a computer company. Later on you want to try and find his web he mentioned, but you don't have a business card. So typically you go to your favorite search engine. If you simply typed in the keywords "cook" "president" "computer", the results will be far too immese to sift through.

However, if you were able to indicate somehow that "cook" is a last name, "president" is a position in a company and "computer" is referring to a business and not the machine, then you'll have a far better chance at finding what you need.

This is the essence of the semantic web. At its core is an XML markup of data using RDFS to create objects, domains, and relationships between the properties of these objects which in turn a specialized search engine can infer the proper results.

In addtion, due to the relationship factor between objects, you could find the personal web site of President Cook's son, even if you didn't know his name, by setting up the proper parameter.

A couple popular places I frequented was www.semanticweb.org (http://www.semanticweb.org) and www.daml.org (http://www.daml.org). DAML is currently the most robust languaged developed for semantic programming, due in part that is has been funded by the Dept. of Defense.

One project I'm working on is taking this semantic meaning and creating an online study bible that has more in depth study capabilities and in turn expanding this to literature as a whole. The potential for a universal study library that you can search for meaningful information would be amazing!

Anyways, enough of my soapbox for the moment, hope this helps. Feedback greatly appreciated.

P.S. If you're interested in reading the initial research I did into this, I posted my .doc file here: www.dillieodigital.net/cs490_project.doc (http://www.dillieodigital.net/cs490_project.doc)

Aug 2nd, 2002, 09:40 AM
Thanx, I got the main idea and it looks cool, but you know that as a novice it takes me some time to understand it wholly and it's just through working, I hope you can make your general library that you said, also I'm gonna take a look at your docs. I'll appreciate it if you have a note in the forum after making that lib.