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Learning Organization, The

ISSN: 0969-6474

Online from: 1994

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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Semantic networks and social networks

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Title:Semantic networks and social networks
Author(s):Stephen Downes, (National Research Council Canada, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada)
Citation:Stephen Downes, (2005) "Semantic networks and social networks", Learning Organization, The, Vol. 12 Iss: 5, pp.411 - 417
Keywords:Information networks, Internet, Social networks
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/09696470510700394 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – To illustrate the need for social network metadata within semantic metadata.

Design/methodology/approach – Surveys properties of social networks and the semantic web, suggests that social network analysis applies to semantic content, argues that semantic content is more searchable if social network metadata is merged with semantic web metadata.

Findings – The use of social network metadata will alter semantical searches from being random with respect to source to direct with respect to source, which will increase the accuracy of search results.

Research limitations/implications – Suggests that existing XML schemas for semantic web content be modified.

Practical implications – Introduction and overview of a new issue.

Originality/value – Foundational to the concept of the semantic social network; will be useful as an introduction to future work.

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