Institute for Web Science and Technologies · Universität Koblenz
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Seminar „Advanced topics in Semantic Web research“

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Wintersemester 2015 / 2016

In this seminar we will discuss recent and advanced topics of Semantic Web research. Semantic Web deals with issues related to, among others, knowledge representation on the web and automatic and intelligent web search. Semantic Web has evolved 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.

Seminar topics

  1. Description Logics: Languages [1, chapters 2,5,6]
  2. Description Logics: Computational Complexity [1, chapter 3], [11]
  3. Description Logics: Implementations [1, chapters 7–9]
  4. Ontology Matching [7]
  5. Ontology-Based Data Access [2]
  6. Large Scale Processing of RDF Data [5, 9, 10]
  7. Confidentiality and Controlled Query Evaluation for Ontologies [3, 4]
  8. [8]


  1. Franz Baader, editor. The Description Logic Handbook. Cambridge University Press, second edition, 2007.
  2. Meghyn Bienvenu, Balder Ten Cate, Carsten Lutz, and Frank Wolter. Ontology-based data access: A study through disjunctive datalog, csp, and mmsnp. ACM Trans. Database Syst., 39(4):33:1–33:44, December 2014.
  3. Piero Bonatti and Luigi Sauro. A confidentiality model for ontologies. In Proceedings of the 12th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC’12), 2013.
  4. Bernardo Cuenca Grau, Evgeny Kharlamov, Egor V. Kostylev, and Dmitriy Zheleznyakov. Controlled query evaluation over owl 2 rl ontologies. In Proceedings of the 12th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC’12), 2013.
  5. Fadi Maali, Padmashree Ravindra, Kemafor Anyanwu, and Stefan Decker. Syrql: A dataflow language for large scale processing of RDF data. In Mika et al. [6], pages 147–163.
  6. Peter Mika, Tania Tudorache, Abraham Bernstein, Chris Welty, Craig A. Knoblock, Denny Vrandecic, Paul T. Groth, Natasha F. Noy, Krzysztof Janowicz, and Carole A. Goble, editors. The Semantic Web - ISWC 2014 - 13th International Semantic Web Conference, Riva del Garda, Italy, October 19-23, 2014. Proceedings, Part I, volume 8796 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, 2014.
  7. L. Otero-Cerdeira, F. J. Rodriguez-Martinez, and A. Gomez-Rodriguez. Ontology matching: a literature review. Expert Systems with Applications, 42:949–971, 2015.
  8. Peter F. Patel-Schneider. Analyzing In Mika et al. [6], pages 261–276.
  9. Alexander Schätzle, Martin Przyjaciel-Zablocki, Antony Neu, and Georg Lausen. Sempala: Interactive SPARQL query processing on hadoop. In Mika et al. [6], pages 164–179.
  10. Ruben Verborgh, Olaf Hartig, Ben De Meester, Gerald Haesendonck, Laurens De Vocht, Miel Vander Sande, Richard Cyganiak, Pieter Colpaert, Erik Mannens, and Rik Van de Walle. Querying datasets on the web with high availability. In Mika et al. [6], pages 180–196.
  11. Evgeny Zolin. Description logic complexity navigator.


Introductory meeting: Aug 3, 2015 10:15 (room B.017)

Seminar date (block): Feb 15-16, 2016 (room B.017)


In order to participate in the seminar you have to attend the introductory meeting on Aug 3, 2015 10:15 (see above).

Participants are required to give a presentation (30 minutes) on one of the above topics. After the seminar a technical report (12 pages) is to be submitted that elaborates on the seminar topic.

For preparing the presentation and the technical report it is recommended to adhere to the general guidelines outlined in the document "Seminar Presentations and Technical Reports - Guidelines".