Semantic Web Technologies (HWS 2017)

Course Description

The term "Semantic Web" was coined in 2001 when Tim Berners Lee (the inventor of the World Wide Web) and others presented their vision of an intelligent web in the "Scientific American". The Semantic Web aims at the development of methods that help to automate the interpretation, aggregation, evaluation and comparison of information on the Web.

This course gives an introduction to the technical foundations of Semantic Web Technologies, including knowledge representation and query languages, as well as logical inference. More specifically, it covers the following contents:

  • Vision and Principles of the Semantic Web
  • Representation Languages (XML, RDF, RDF Schema, OWL)
  • Knowledge Modeling: Ontologies and Linked Data
  • Logical Reasoning in RDF and OWL
  • Commercial and Open Source Tools and Systems



  • Java programming skills are required to pass this course!
  • Preferably, some experience with software development
  • To pass the course you have to fulfill the following requirements:
    • Pass the final exam (you have to get a 4.0 or better in the exam to pass this course)
    • Successfully work in a group on a project idea (programming!), present the results and write a detailed report
  • The final grade is determined from the grade achieved in the final exam (50%) and the grade achieved in the team project (50%).



  • Lecture: Tuesday, 13.45 - 15.15, Room B6 A1.01
  • Exercise: Friday, 12.00 - 13.30, Room B6 A1.04


Week Contents
09/04/17 Course Organization, Introduction
09/11/17 RDF
09/18/17 RDF Schema
09/25/17 Linked Open Data, Semantic Web Programming
10/02/17 Public Holiday
10/09/17 SPARQL
10/16/17 OWL part I, Introduction to Student Projects
10/23/17 No lecture, no exercise, work on project proposals
10/30/17 Public Holiday
11/06/17 OWL part II, Ontology Reasoning
11/13/17 Ontology Engineering, Top Level Ontologies
11/20/17 Project work
11/27/17 Project work
12/04/17 Project presentation

Adminstrative Details

For attending the course, please register in the ILIAS group. The course is limited to 30 participants. The registration opens on Tuesday, August 29th, at 13.45 am, and places are assigned via FCFS.

Materials and Exercise Sheets

05.09.: Organization, Introduction, exercise

12.09. RDF, exercise

19.09. RDF Schema, exercise

Exercise solutions and additional materials will be made available in the corresponding ILIAS group.

Literature (suggested reading list):

  • Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler and Ora Lassila. The Semantic Web. Scientific American, 284 (5), pp. 34-43, 2001
  • Pascal Hitzler, Markus Krötzsch and Sebastian Rudolph. Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies. Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2009
  • Pascal Hitzler, Markus Krötzsch, Sebastian Rudolph and York Sure. Semantic Web: Grundlagen. Springer, 2007 (German)
  • Allemang and Hendler (2008): Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist. Verlag Morgan Kaufmann.
  • Antoniou and van Harmelen (2004): A Semantic Web Primer. MIT Press.
  • Heath and Bizer (2011): Linked Data: Evolving the Web into a Global Data Space. Free online version.