42500 - Semantic Web

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

To gain understanding of technologies and models to web information representation and reasoning, in particular, relating to ontology and semantic skills.

Course contents

ntroduction xml and semantic approaches based on metadata and ontologies RDF taxonomy, ontology spectrum ontology understanding OWL technical tools to realize SW applications Web 2.0 applications search engine and semantic search engined.

  • Introduction
  • Ontology spectrum
  • OWL
  • Tools to realize SW applications
  • Linked Data
  • tools to access and structure semantic linked data
  • RDFa, Microformati, GRDDL, SPARQL


The following book is recommended reading material:

Grigori Antoniou, Frank van Harmelen: A Semantic Web Primer, MIT Press, USA, 2004. ISBN: 0-262-01210-3

All slides used in lectures.

Teaching methods

Traditional lecture

Assessment methods

The objective of the learning test is to understand whether the concepts, standards and languages studied have been understood and whether the student has developed practical skills to work with them. The way in which it is carried out is through the implementation of 3 projects. The first requires the student to analyze and describe the functionalities and characteristics of a project that uses Semantic Web tools among the many introduced in class and belonging to the world of industry, companies, PA or academia.

In the second and third projects the student is required to develop his own prototype project, first using RDF and RDFS and connecting as much as possible data represented to existing and shared vocabularies, then modelling the knowledge of the domain through OWL and operating on it automatic reasoning. The domain of interest is chosen in agreement with the teacher.

Teaching tools

This course will provide online slides used in lectures and during practical class.

Office hours

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