Towards A Semantic Web

1st Edition

Connecting Knowledge in Academic Research

Print ISBN: 9781843346012
eBook ISBN: 9781780631745
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 14th January 2011
Page Count: 544
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This book addresses the question of how knowledge is currently documented, and may soon be documented in the context of what it calls ‘semantic publishing’. This takes two forms: a more narrowly and technically defined ‘semantic web’; as well as a broader notion of semantic publishing. This book examines the ways in which knowledge is represented in journal articles and books. By contrast, it goes on to explore the potential impacts of semantic publishing on academic research and authorship. It sets this in the context of changing knowledge ecologies: the way research is done; the way knowledge is represented and; the modes of knowledge access used by researchers, students and the general public.

Key Features

  • Provides an introduction to the ‘semantic web’ and semantic publishing for readers outside the field of computer science
  • Discusses the relevance of the ‘semantic web’ and semantic publishing more broadly, and its application to academic research
  • Examines the changing ecologies of knowledge production


Researchers, students and practitioners in the fields of library science, research methods and computer science

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables Figures


Chapter 1: Changing knowledge systems in the era of the social web

From print to digital text

Distributed knowledge systems: the changing role of the university

About this book

Chapter 2: Frameworks for knowledge representation

Putting things in order

Introducing the semantic web

Towards a framing of semantics

Chapter 3: The meaning of meaning: alternative disciplinary perspectives

Linguistic semantics

Cognitive semantics

Social semantics

Computational semantics

Chapter 4: What does the digital do to knowledge making?

The work of knowledge representation in the age of its digital reproducibility

The old and the new in the representation of meaning in the era of its digital reproduction

The hyperbole of the virtual

The hype in hypertext

The mechanics of rendering

A new navigational order


The ubiquity of recording and documentation

A shift in the balance of representational agency

A new dynamics of difference


Chapter 5: Books and journal articles: the textual practices of academic knowledge

The role of knowledge representation in knowledge design

The scholarly monograph

The academic journal

Future knowledge systems


Chapter 6: Textual representations and knowledge support-systems in research intensive networks


Towards an ontology of knowledge

The theory of hierarchically complex systems

Research knowledge and the dynamics of hierarchically complex systems

Implications for managing research enterprises in a knowledge society

Public knowledge and the notion of a public knowledge space

Public knowledge and contextual information management practices



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A good book for its wealth of sometimes profound insights into the evolution of scholarship and scientific communication from a relatively static print culture into what's already emerged as a protean electronic culture., College and Research Libraries