Re: SemWeb in use reviews


On 2014 Aug 12, at 16:14, Norman Gray <> wrote:

> Can anyone point me towards published reviews of Semantic Web take-up / penetration / establishment, or other documented variants of 'semantic web in use'?

Many thanks to the various people who sent me suggestions and other comments, on- and off-list, and apologies for the delay in responding.

I rewrote the relevant section to describe the work done at BnF (National Library of France) on a SemWeb/LinkedData publication of their heterogeneous catalogues.  Apart from the obvious relevance to this chapter's nominal target audience, it strikes me that this is a great example of work right in the intersection of SemWeb and LOD, ... or midway along the continuum between them, ... or showing the impossibility of distinguishing between them in any fundamental way.

One lesson here is that any attempt at a one-liner distinction between the full-blown Semantic Web, and the Linked (Open) Data world is doomed to be an over-simplification.  The fact that it's quite so hard is quite surprising to me.

In rhetorically apposite contrast, going from the catalogue to the instance, Garcia Castro et al shows how one can expose structure from the instance outwards, by annotating assertions within individual PubMed Central papers.  I also included a link to the collection of LOD datasets curated by the Semantic Web Journal , plus a general pointer towards ESWC and ISWC in-use tracks.

Best wishes,


	Author = {Simon, Agn{\`e}s and Wenz, Romain and Michel, Vincent and Di Mascio, Adrien},
	Booktitle = {The Semantic Web: Semantics and Big Data},
	Doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-38288-8_38},
	Editor = {Cimiano, Philipp and Corcho, Oscar and Presutti, Valentina and Hollink, Laura and Rudolph, Sebastian},
	Isbn = {978-3-642-38287-1},
	Pages = {563-577},
	Publisher = {Springer Berlin Heidelberg},
	Series = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
	Title = {Publishing Bibliographic Records on the Web of Data: Opportunities for the {BnF (French National Library)}},
	Url = {},
	Volume = {7882},
	Year = {2013}}

	Author = {Garcia Castro, L and McLaughlin, C and Garcia, A},
	Doi = {10.1186/2041-1480-4-S1-S5},
	Issn = {2041-1480},
	Journal = {Journal of Biomedical Semantics},
	Number = {Suppl 1},
	Pages = {S5},
	Pubmedid = {23734622},
	Title = {Biotea: RDFizing PubMed Central in support for the paper as an interface to the Web of Data},
	Url = {},
	Volume = {4},
	Year = {2013}}

Norman Gray  :
SUPA School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow, UK

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