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New book: Social Networks and the Semantic Web

From: Peter Mika <pmika@yahoo-inc.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 12:31:03 +0100
Message-ID: <472715F7.9010905@yahoo-inc.com>
To: dbworld@cs.wisc.edu, ontolog-forum@ontolog.cim3.net, semantic-web@w3.org, semanticweb@yahoogroups.com

(Apologies for cross-postings)

I'm pleased to announce the availability of my book:

SOCIAL NETWORKS AND THE SEMANTIC WEB

Author: Peter Mika (Yahoo! Research Barcelona)
Series: Semantic Web and Beyond 
<http://www.springer.com/west/home/computer/database+management+%26+information+retrieval?SGWID=4-153-69-173624824-0> 
, Vol. 5
**2007, XIV, 234 p. 74 illus., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-387-71000-6

http://www.springer.com/west/home/computer/database+management+&+information+retrieval?SGWID=4-153-22-173730514-0

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ABSTRACT

We are not just building the Web any more: we are on it. The latest set 
of applications have transformed the Web from a mere document collection 
into a social space: the new services developed under the banner of Web 
2.0 cater to our needs of connecting through the medium and allow us to 
explicitly describe, maintain and develop our online self. At the same 
time, documents and other forms of content are not only up- and 
downloaded any more, but actively exchanged, filtered, organized and 
discussed in groups of all sizes. While the pace of change is dizzying, 
investigating this complex social-technological system is paramount to 
our ability of designing intelligent information systems that can guide 
us through the new online universe.

*Social Networks and the Semantic Web* combines the concepts and the 
methods of two fields of investigation, which together have the power to 
aid in the analysis of the social Web and the design of a new class of 
applications that combine human intelligence with machine processing. 
Social Network Analysis and the emerging Semantic Web are also the 
fields that stand to gain most from the new Web in achieving their full 
potential. On the one hand, the social Web delivers social network data 
at an extraordinary scale, with a dynamics and precision that has been 
outside of reach for more traditional methods of observing social 
structure and behavior. In realizing this potential, the technology of 
the Semantic Web provides the key in aggregating information across 
heterogeneous sources. The Semantic Web itself benefits by incorporating 
user-generated metadata and other clues left behind by users.

*Social Networks and the Semantic Web* is designed for practitioners and 
researchers in industry, as well as graduate-level students in Computer 
Science within the Semantic Web field, and Social Science with an 
interest in working with electronic data and observing online social 
networks. This book also supplies developers of social-semantic 
applications with an understanding of the key concepts and methods of 
both fields and describes real-world applications incorporating social 
and semantic metadata.

Foreword by Frank van Harmelen, author of the Semantic Web Primer
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