Institute for Web Science and Technologies · Universität Koblenz
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Semantic Web

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Summer Term 2020

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


This course is offered as an online course. New lectures (slides and screencasts) are published every week (Monday morning). Please register for the course in OLAT in order to receive notifications of new material. Video lectures are published at Panopto.


  • Please register in Teams until April 20th
  • Assignments are uploaded using SVN. You need a SVN  client to upload your assignments. 


Please acknowledge the following rules to obtain the credits for this course:

  • In order to obtain the credits of this course (6 ECTS), you have to obtain admission to take part in the exam and pass the exam.
  • Admission to the exam is granted to all students who achieve 60% of the score obtainable in the exercises of the tutorials.
  • Active participation in the tutorials is expected.
  • Obligation to register for the exam
    • There is an obligation to register for the exam.
    • If someone is not correctly registered for the exam before the end of the corresponding deadline, he or she cannot participate in the exam.
    • If someone is registered for the exam but does not show up, he or she will fail the exam.
  • If you fail the (written) exam you have to do a retake within the next 6 months; this second (or third) exam is orally and has to be scheduled with the lecturer via mail.


  • 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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