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The Hidden Web, XML and the Semantic Web: Scientific Data Management Perspectives

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Executive Summary

The World Wide Web no longer consists just of HTML pages. The authors' work sheds light on a number of trends on the Internet that go beyond simple Web pages. The hidden Web provides a wealth of data in semi-structured form, accessible through Web forms and Web services. These services, as well as numerous other applications on the Web, commonly use XML, the eXtensible Markup Language. XML has become the lingua franca of the Internet that allows customized markups to be defined for specific domains. On top of XML, the Semantic Web grows as a common structured data source.

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