Semantic Web Technologies (HWS 2015)

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: Friday, 12.00 - 13.30, Room B6 23-25, A101
  • Exercise: Tuesday, 13.45 - 15.15, Room A5,6, C013
  • Exam review: Friday, 05.02.2016 at 14:00, B6 room C1.01.
  • 2nd exam: Wednesday, 10.02.2016 at 8:30, room A5 B243.
  • 2nd exam review: Friday, 26.02.2016 at 11:00, B6 room C1.01

Important note: the lecture starts on Friday, September 11th, not on Tuesday 8th!

Adminstrative Details

For attending the course, please join the ILIAS group.

Materials and Exercise Sheets

Lecture slides and exercises will be made public on this web page. 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.