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Semantic Web

The lecture starts on Monday, June 21!


Semantic web describes data on the web maintaining its semantics in such a way that other web applications may "understand" the meaning of the data with only little effort. Semantic web has developed from a research initiative in the late 20th century into a fast growing infrastructure for application domains, such as bioinformatics or eGovernment. This infrastructure is driven by W3C standards as well as by methods and technologies from a diverse area of computer science disciplines, such as artificial intelligence, databases and human-computer interaction.


Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab 

The lecture is given in English. Lectures (corresponding to 2h/week).

Credits: 2 SWS, 3 ECTS


This lecture is part of the international summer academy and therefore is held in the last 4 weeks of the term. Students from Koblenz may however attend and earn credits as usual.


Either as an oral examination or as a written exam depending on the number of attendees.


Here is the corresponding entry for the lecture in Klips.



  • XML, RDF, RDFa, OWL;
  • Ontologies, ontology engineering, ontology design patterns;
  • SPARQL, named graphs, networked graphs, provenance;
  • Semantics in user interfaces;
  • Linked open data;
  • Information extraction;
  • Semantic search and ranking.


Week 1:

Lecture: Overview of Semantic Web Objectives and Methods (pdf)
Lecture: XML (pdf)
Lecture: RDF (pdf)
Lecture: RDF Schema (pdf)

Overview Paper (pre-alpha: still missing section 6)

Week 2:

Lecture: Example Ontologies (pdf)
Lecture: Ontology 101 (pdf)
Lecture: OWL2 Primer

Week 3:

Lecture: SPARQL

Lecture: Semantic Wiki

Week 4:

Lecture: Information Extraction