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Semantic Web technologies for digital libraries

York Sure (Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany)
Rudi Studer (Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 1 May 2005




The purpose of this article is to provide an overview about the Semantic Web, its importance and history and an overview of recent Semantic Web technologies which can be used to enhance digital libraries.


The paper answers, at least partially, questions like “What is the Semantic Web?”, “How could the Semantic Web look like?”, “Why is the Semantic Web important?”, “What are ontologies?” and “Where are we now?”. Several pointers to further literature and web sites complete the overview.


Semantic Web technologies are valuable add‐ons for digital libraries. There already exist numerous academic and commercial tools which can be applied right now.

Practical limitations/implications

The overview of Semantic Web technologies cannot be complete in such an article, therefore we limit ourselves to the most prominent technologies available. However, following the pointers given readers can easily find more information.


The article is of particular value for newcomers in this area.



Sure, Y. and Studer, R. (2005), "Semantic Web technologies for digital libraries", Library Management, Vol. 26 No. 4/5, pp. 190-195.



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