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Semantic Web

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. This course will give an overview and introduction to core and current semantic web technologies, including: 

  • Description Logics;
  • XML, RDF, OWL;
  • Ontologies, ontology engineering, ontology design patterns;
  • SPARQL, named graphs, networked graphs;
  • Linked open data;
  • Information extraction;
  • Semantic Web services

Required Knowledge

Basic knowledge about logics and data engineering recommended.

Acquired Competence

The student will be enabled to design and develop semantic Web applications. The student will be enabled to progress Semantic Web technologies in order to broaden and facilitate their use. The student will be enabled to understand the interaction of different standards, their technical implications as well as the social processes that underly various Semantic Web applications.


PD Dr. Matthias Thimm


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  • Lecture: Mondays 10:15-11:45 in room E.314
  • Tutorials: Mondays 16:15-17:45 in room E.113


  • Please register in Teams until April 8
  • Assignments are uploaded using SVN. You need a SVN client to upload your assignments. 



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For obtaining the credits of the course it is mandatory to participate in the tutorials of the course, obtain at least 60% of the credits, and pass the exam (written or orally) at the end of the course.


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  • Pascal Hitzler, Markus Krötzsch, Sebastian Rudolph. Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies. CRC Press, 2011
  • Pascal Hitzler, Markus Krötzsch, Sebastian Rudolph, York Sure. Semantic Web. Springer, 2008
  • Dean Allemang, Jim Hendler. Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist. Elsevier, 2011
  • Franz Baader, Ian Horrocks, Carsten Lutz, Uli Satter. An Introduction to Description Logic, 2017

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PD Dr. Matthias Thimm

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