handbook is a brief and concise introduction to linked open data.
It should give you a clear understanding of linked open data, how
it is used and how it is created. It has six parts:
1 Linked data: what is it?
2 Why is it useful?
3 Why haven't I heard of it, then?
4 The URI
5 RDF and data formats
6 Querying linked data with SPARQL
Don't worry: those acronyms will be explained as they arise.
We expect the handbook to take two or three hours to complete. If
you've heard of linked open data before you might complete it more
quickly. If this is all new you might find that it's rather
abstract the first time round. Really the best way to learn about
linked data is to mess around with some!
What we're not covering is the semantic web proper, which
involves things like semantic reasoning over datasets. An example
of semantic reasoning would be something like "Danny Millum is the
son of Trevor Millum and Valerie Fox is the sister of Trevor
Millum". A semantic reasoner should then be able to deduce a new
fact: Danny Millum is the nephew of Valerie Fox.
We hope you enjoy the handbook.