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Semantic Web 2002, Feb-May 2002
About the Semantic Web
Welcome to the Semantic Web PhD
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
A source in general for the semantic web is
w3 consortium page
Also use the links of the
SWEB home page.
General Overview Literature
Easy, not too deep overviews:
D. Fensel: Ontologies: A Silver Bullet for Knowledge Management and E-Commerce.
Springer Publisher, 2001. Some copies available at PELAB.
J. Hjelm: Creating the Semantic Web with RDF. Wiley.
S. Abiteboul, P. Buneman, D. Suciu: Data on the Web - From Relations to
Semistructured Data and XML. Morgan-Kaufmann Publishers.
Outline of the Seminar
Jan 30 Introduction
Introductory Talk of Uwe Assmann "Chances and Problems of the Semantic
Distribution of Topics
Feb 27 XML
March 6 XML II
March 13 RDF
March 20 RDFS
April 3 Ontologies I
Dublin core http://www.dublincore.org
Expressing Simple Dublin Core in RDF/XML
- Which parts of it exist? (A-core,..)
Open Directory (Mozilla) http://www.dmoz.org
Ontology Servers: S. Handschuh, A. Maedche, L. Stojanovic, R. Volz: KAON
- the Karlsruhe Ontology and Semantic Web Infrastructure
G. Denker, J.R. Hobbs, D. Martin, S. Narayanan, R. Waldinger: Accessing
Information and Services on the DAML enabled web (see CiteSeer)
J. Broekstra, M. Klein, S. Decker, D. Fensel, F. van Harmelen, and I. Horrocks.
Enabling knowledge representation on the web by extending RDF schema. In
Proceedings of the tenth World Wide Web conference WWW'10, pages
467-478, May 2001. http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~horrocks/Publications/publications.html
Swede (Johan Lövdahl, Linköping)
Resina Calendar tool: Intelligent software agents laboratory, CMU
Powerpoint Meeting Scheduler Briefing Associate (Goldman, Balzer)
M. Frank et. al: WebScripter Ontology translation tool
April 10 Ontologies II
April 17 Description Logic and its Use
April 24 Querying the Web
Software for XQuery
May 8 Rule ML and the Relations between LP and XML
See also the homepage of RuleML .
May 15 Web Services
McIlraith, S., Son,
T.C. and Zeng, H.
Web Services, IEEE Intelligent Systems. Special Issue on the
Semantic Web. 16(2):46--53, March/April, 2001.
- DAML Services Coalition.
http://www.daml.org/servicesSWWS.pdf DAML-S: Semantic Markup for
Web Services, in Proceedings of the International Semantic Web Working Symposium (SWWS), July 30-August 1, 2001.
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.