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Selected Topic: The Semantic Web and Linked Open Data

Course code: AT70.9026
Credits: 3(3–0)
This course is elective

Course objectives

The Semantic Web is a web of data. It provides a common framework that allows data to be shared and reused across application, enterprise, and community boundaries. It is a collaborative effort led by the World-Wide Web Consortium (W3C) with participation from a large number of researchers and industrial partners. It is based on the Resource Description Framework (RDF). Since sharing and reuse of data and information are fundamental to all information systems, there will be various applications of the Semantic Web. Good knowledge of the Semantic Web, its foundations, techniques and applications is, therefore, required.

Learning outcome

Semantics representation in terms of Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Web Ontology Language (OWL); description logics; ontologies; metadata; Semantic Web rule languages; linked open data; applications.

Course outline

I.             Introduction to the Semantic Web
1.      Evolution of web technologies
2.      Web of documents
3.      Web of data
4.      Metadata and the Semantic Web
II.          RDF and OWL
1.      RDF syntax and semantics
2.      RDF schema
3.      Description logics
4.      OWL
III.       Ontologies
1.      Definition and representation
2.      Development and tools
3.      Applications
4.      Ontologies and the Semantic web
IV.       Metadata
1.      Concepts and standards
2.      Dublin Core metadata
3.      Application profiles
4.      Metadata and the Semantic Web
V.          Semantic Web Rule Languages
1.      SWRL
2.      RDF Declarative Description
VI.       Linked Open Data
1.      RDF triples
2.      Triple stores
3.      SPARQL
4.      Microformats, RDFA, GRDDL     
VII.    Applications

Learning resources


Lecture Notes


International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems
ACM Trans. Internet Technology
Web Intelligence and Agent Systems: An International Journal
The Semantic Web
World Wide Web
IEEE Intelligent Systems
IEEE Internet Computing

Reference books

P. Hitzler, M. Krötzsch and S. Rudolph:
Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies, Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2010.
D. Wood (ed.):
Linking Enterprise Data, Springer, 2010.
D. Wood (ed.):
Linking Government Data, Springer, 2011.
D. Allemang and J. Hendler:
Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist: Effective Modeling in RDFS and OWL, Morgan Kaufmann, 2008.
J. Hebeler, M. Fisher, R. Blace and A. Perez-Lopez:
Semantic Web Programming, Wiley, 2009.
G. Antoniou, and F. van Harmelen:
A Semantic Web Primer, 2nd Edition (Cooperative Information Systems), the MIT Press 2008.


The final grade will be computed from the following constituent parts:
Mid-semester exam (50%)
Final exam (30%), and
Reading and presentation assignments (20%)

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