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Pascal HitzlerMarkus KrötzschSebastian Rudolph

Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies

Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2009, 455 pages, hardcover

ISBN: 9781420090505 (BibTeX)

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).

A detailed overview of the book's content is given below. In addition, this website provides various slide sets for teaching materials in this book.

See also our German book: Pascal Hitzler, Markus Krötzsch, Sebastian Rudolph, York Sure: Semantic Web – Grundlagen, Springer, 2008. On its website you can also find supplementary material in German.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Amit Sheth



  1. The Quest for Semantics
  2. Simple Ontologies in RDF and RDF Schema
  3. RDF Formal Semantics
  4. Ontologies in OWL
  5. OWL Formal Semantics
  6. Ontologies and Rules
  7. Query Languages
  8. Ontology Engineering
  9. Applications


     A  Extensible Markup Language XML
     B  Set Theory
     C  Logic
     D  Solutions to the Exercises



Detailed table of contents (PDF)