Tracking Information on Today's Internet
A Handbook for Creating Your Individual Semantic Web
Dirk Stähler & Fred Waskiewicz
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On September 12, 2013, United Airlines’ website offered flights for $0.00. Only taxes and fees were charged, a situation caused by a computer glitch that occurred during the set-up of new prices within the booking system. The news about this "special offer" spread quickly on Twitter and Facebook. Everyone who found out in time saved a lot of money on their next vacation. In 2010, a famous magazine revealed that a well-known market research company monitored an Internet forum for patients with mental illness. The monitoring was carried out on behalf of a client in the pharmaceutical industry looking for insights into the use of pharmaceutical products. Every active user of the forum became the subject of a marketing study - without being asked. These two examples express the value of information, especially to those in control of the material. Everybody with access to the right information at the right time can save or earn a lot of money. I am convinced that everyone should be able to use the content on the Internet as profitably as possible. But everyone must recognize the dangers that arise from it as well.
Therefore it is essential to understand the tools and techniques for collecting, analyzing and processing digital content. Tools are available free of charge that don’t require detailed technical knowledge. This book explains how these tools have evolved and where they will lead us in the near future. It serves as a guide for those who want to automate their digital life using free Internet services. Let them search the Internet for bargains, research the latest news, execute recurring tasks and inform you automatically when needed. This book discusses methods, tools and solutions to build your own individual semantic web.
Dirk Stähler is an expert on the comprehensive design of organizations, processes and IT systems. He has more than 15 years of experience in the design of innovative organizational, process and IT-solutions. A particular focus of his work is the opportunities and risks arising from the use of publicly available content on the Internet. Making the Internet a "knowledge engine" and the value of the content inside available for everyone is his personal goal. He supports private corporations and governmental agencies in Europe, the Middle East and North America in gaining more value, based on the creative use of their information technology. He has worked as an assistant professor at various universities, and is a frequent author of articles and books. Within his writings, he covers the methodological and technological challenges everybody faces with modern information technology.
Edited by Fred Waskiewicz. Fred is a retired IT professional, having most recently served as Director of Standards at the Object Management Group (OMG). Fred received a master's degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.
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