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Semantic Web 2002, Feb-May 2002

About the Semantic Web

Welcome to the Semantic Web PhD Course.

The Semantic Web extends the current one, giving a well defined meaning to data .

This course is different from usual graduate courses for at least two reasons:

  1. The Semantic Web is not a well established field, but a very new ongoing international initiative. The concepts, the ideas and the tools are still in the forming phase. Every month brings a new material and our objective is to create a picture of the present state and to explore the prospects for the future.
  2. There is no or very little overview material. Our task will be to attempt a synthesis out of the existing technical material and to discuss relations to classical CS fields, such as formal languages, database theory, knowledge representation, etc. This should be done at seminar presentations, which are to be prepared with .ppt or .tex/.pdf slides.

Course participants

Contact

Jan Maluszynski [e-mail ]
Uwe Assmann [e-mail ]

The Schedule


Date Time/Place Topic Presenters Written report by
Jan 30 10.00-12.00 Organisation meeting.
Intro [slides]  
Uwe Assmann
Estraden
-
Feb. 27  10.00-12.00
Estraden
XML[slides]   A.Bogdanovski
A.Siemers
D.Aganovic
P.Pietrzak
March 6  10.00-12.00
Estraden
XML and Semi-structured Data [slides] R.Kaminski
T.Panas
P.Aronsson
M.Comstedt
March 13  10.00-12.00
Estraden
RDF [.ppt][.pdf] [Extra material] A.Pandikow
K.Steins
R.Kaminski
T.Panas
March 20 10.00-12.00
Belöningen
RDFS [.ppt][.pdf] D.Aganovic
M.Comstedt
F. Arvidsson
A.Flycht-Eriksson
April 3 10.00-12.00
Estraden
Ontologies 1 [.pdf] F. Arvidsson
A.Flycht-Eriksson
V. Caisin
A.Pop
April 10  10.00-12.00
Belöningen
Ontologies 2 [part1.ppt] [part2.ppt] P.Aronsson
C.Åberg
I.Savga
O.Melnicenco
April 17 10.00-12.00
Estraden
Description logic [part1.ps] [part2.ppt] I. Savga
A. Vitoria
D. Lawesson
C.Åberg
April 24  10.00-12.00
Estraden
Querying [.ppt] A.Pop
P.Pop
A.Bogdanovski
A.Siemers
May 8  10.00-12.00
Estraden
RuleML [ruleml.ps] D.Lawesson
P.Pietrzak
P. Pop
A.Vitoria
May 15  10.00-12.00
Estraden
Web services [part1.ppt] [part2.ppt] V.Caisin
O.Melnicenco
A.Pandikow
K.Steins
May 29 10.00-12.00
Estraden
Closing Discussion all -

Examination

  1. Prepare one presentation (in a group of 2 people) - slides, tool demonstration if available, question answering. Length: 60 minutes on your topic. Prepare for 30 min. discussions.
  2. Write a report summarizing main concepts and techniques/tools related to another seminar topic (in a group of 2 people): 5-10 pages (Latex or Word). Deadline - May 29
  3. Submit by e-mail (to the presenters with cc: to the course leaders) one relevant question for each seminar where you are not responsible for presentation or report. The question should demonstrate your familiarity with the material. Deadline: Friday before the seminar.
  4. The given hints to literature are only suggestions. please find more literature yourself, or choose from the given hints. Tell 2 week before your seminar which papers or chapters you selected and will be basis of your talks.
The number of your credits depends on the quality of your presentation and your report. Failures in submitting questions will cause reduction of the credits. The maximum number of credits  is 4.

Since the material will be interesting to a lot of people at IDA, we try to publish an IDA report from the material you write.

Literature Search

If you look for a paper/book, please consult always the web first. There are many sources where you can find literature now, in particular the bibtex server in Karlsruhe,
or the the citeseer server.

A source in general for the semantic web is w3 consortium page
Also use the links of the SWEB home page.

General Overview Literature

May 8 Rule ML and the Relations between LP and XML

Obligatory reading
Other: See also the homepage of RuleML .

May 15 Web Services

Obligatory reading
Other:

June 5 Closing Discussion

Participation in the closing session is obligatory: important reasons for absence should be reported in advance by mail to the course leaders.

The aim of the discussion is to formulate ideas about possible research topics related to the semantic web. Such suggestions appeared already among your questions. An obligatory assignment for each participant before the last meeting is to formulate an approx. half page description of such a topic and to submit it by e-mail to Uwe and Jan at latest on June 3 . Your proposals will be discussed at the meeting.