The Semantic Web community has a distinct feeling of manifest destiny. Here in the early part of the 21st century, the Web is still in its infancy (less than 20 years old), and the scope of unsolved digital data challenges is simply enormous. To many in the software industry, myself included, it seems inevitable that the next great Web revolution must address these universally acknowledged data problems.
In the face of exponentially rising volumes of digital data, the existing software solutions simply fail to provide any meaning or understanding among all that digital noise. Today, many thousands of Semantic Web developers, architects, and visionaries are working to bring meaning to a very messy world of digital data.
Semantic Web is not only a vision, but also a technology, a social phenomenon, and a Web-scale architecture. This book aims to describe all these aspects of the Semantic Web.