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dc.contributor.authorPassant, Alexandre
dc.contributor.authorKinsella, Sheila
dc.contributor.authorBojars, Uldis
dc.contributor.authorBreslin, John G.
dc.contributor.authorDecker, Stefan
dc.identifier.citationPassant, A., Kinsella, S., Bojars, U., Breslin, J. G., & Decker, S. (2011). Understanding Online Communities by Using Semantic Web Technologies. In B. Daniel (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Methods and Techniques for Studying Virtual Communities: Paradigms and Phenomena (pp. 429-456). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-60960-040-2.ch026en_IE
dc.description.abstractDuring the last few years, the Web that we used to know as a read-only medium shifted to a read-write Web, often known as Web 2.0 or the Social Web, in which people interact, share and build content collaboratively within online communities. In order to clearly understand how these online communities are formed, evolve, share and produce content, a first requirement is to gather related data. In this chapter, we give an overview of how Semantic Web technologies can be used to provide a unified layer of representation for Social Web data in an open and machine-readable manner thanks to common models and shared semantics, facilitating data gathering and analysis. Through a comprehensive state of the art review, we describe the various models that can be applied to online communities and give an overview of some of the new possibilities offered by such a layer in terms of data querying and community analysis.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipThe work presented in this chapter has been funded in part by Science Foundation Ireland under Grant No. SFI/08/CE/I1380 (Líon 2). We would also like to acknowledge the winners of the SIOC data competition whose entries were referenced in this chapter, as well as Eyal Oren and Benjamin Heitmann for their work on the SIOC Explorer.en_IE
dc.publisherIGI Globalen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofThe Handbook of Research on Methods and Techniques for Studying Virtual Communities: Paradigms and Phenomenaen
dc.subjectOnline communitiesen_IE
dc.subjectSemantic web technologiesen_IE
dc.titleUnderstanding online communities by using semantic web technologiesen_IE
dc.typeBook chapteren_IE
dc.description.peer-reviewedNot peer reviewed
dc.contributor.funderScience Foundation Irelanden_IE
dc.local.contactJohn Breslin, Electrical & Electronic Eng, Room 3047, Engineering Building, Nui Galway. 2622 Email:
dcterms.projectinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/SFI/SFI Short Term Travel Fellowship (STTF)/08/CE/I1380 - STTF 11 (4)/IE/Real-time personalisation of social web streams based on multi-domain user profiles/

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