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When I first started taking an interest in semantic web technologies, I sought out places with quality information and opinion. Too often I found there was no up-to-date 'directory' listing the thought leaders in the field. Many information outlets were associated with specific products rather than design principles or standards. That made the initial learning process painful.
For the first question in
SemanticOverflow I'd like your thoughts on where the richest sources of impartial semantic web wisdom and background are to be found. Where should I go, if I'm a beginner, to best help me ascend the semantic web learning curve? What about if I've grokked the fundamentals and want to dig deeper? How do I become a semantic web ninja?
The following list shows the links provided so far.
- W3C Primer
- www.semanticschool.com/ (Polish, maybe English in future)
- Semantic University
- Lee Feigenbaum's tutorials and overview
- Aaron Swartz's RDF Primer Primer
- linkeddata.org guides and tutorials
- co-ode guide to ontology development
- Talis' - HowTo and Getting Started guides
- Ontolog Forum
- Semantic web at Reddit
- SemanticUniverse.com Semantic Technology Conference site.
- linkeddatatools.com Semantic Web Basics
- semanticfuture.net Semantic Future (Wiki + forum), mostly Russian
- Semantic Web on SlideShare
- Jeni Tennison
- Ivan Herman
- Kingsley Idehen
- Michael Hausenblas
- Henry Story
- Talis' Nodalities Blog
- planetrdf.com - Blog Aggregator
Books (see also: W3C List)
- Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist - Allemang & Hendler
- Linked Data Patterns - Dodds & Davis
- Programming the Semantic Web - Segaran, Evans, Taylor
- foundations of semantic web technologies - Hitzler, Krötzsch, Rudolph.
- Linked Data: Evolving the Web into a Global Data Space - Tom Heath, Christian Bizer
- Learning SPARQL - DuCharme
- The Semantic Web - Berners-Lee, Hendler, Lassila (seminal vision paper)
- Linked Data & The Semantic Web Standards - Hogan (academic overview)
- The Pedantic Web - USENET group on web standards and creating an 'interoperable web of data'
- BBC's skim-read introduction to Semantic Web/Linked Data
- Linked Data Guide for Newbies.
Good Answers Elsewhere (on this site)
My 2 cents...
It's All About Graphs http://www.betaversion.org/~stefano/linotype/news/46/
A No-Nonsense Guide to Semantic Web Specs for XML People (Part I) http://www.betaversion.org/~stefano/linotype/news/57/
A No-Nonsense Guide to Semantic Web Specs for XML People (Part II) http://www.betaversion.org/~stefano/linotype/news/78/
Turtle - Terse RDF Triple Language http://www.w3.org/TeamSubmission/turtle/
Programming the Semantic Web [book] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596153823
Choose a library written in your favorite language and read the source code, join their mailing list, start answering questions and make new interesting ones yourself, contribute patches and report bugs if you find one.
Forget about: trees, XML, don't hurt yourself with RDF/XML + XSLT and think "graphs".
Read the recommendations from W3C (no, not the one about RDF/XML).
"We Learn... 10% of what we read 20% of what we hear 30% of what we see 50% of what we see and hear 70% of what we discuss 80% of what we experience 95% of what we teach others." -- William Glasser
So, in theory you should teach... but, please, no need to become a University professor (no offence!)... you can just share your experience. :-)
The ESW Wiki is one central place for practical information from the Linked Open Data perspective. (But what does ESW stand for? Mystery.)
For people on reddit, there is a semantic web-subreddit. We are a small group (~700 subscribers, started a year ago), but (I like to think that) the links are of decent quality.
I personally try to post links to the "less talking, more showing/coding" kind of articles, if that is your thing.
stackoverflow has some decent questions answered around Semantic Web..
I have started a blog called "Szkola Web 3.0" at http://www.semanticschool.com/
It provides daily, short articles about the Semantic Web and news from the Web 3.0 world - I have started at the very basic level - and have recently covered OWL Lite. Will announce SemanticOverflow today :D
At the moment the blog is dedicated for the Polish audience only, but I am looking for people interested in providing side by side articles in other languages as well.
(uggh! breaking this into multiple answers because of the link limit - sorry!)
I've got a couple of tutorials that give an introduction to many of the Semantic Web technologies:
- Semantic Web Landscape 2009 - http://www.slideshare.net/LeeFeigenbaum/semantic-web-landscape-2009