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Semantic Web Technologies

This course on Semantic Web Technologies is for a) doctoral students in computer science, as well as for b) participants from the public and private sectors. The main component of the course is an intense week of lectures and hands-on sessions. Additional, doctoral students who are taking the course will have to work on lab assignments, and on a project or a term paper.

The course will be delivered by experienced teachers who are part of the Semantic Web research group of the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDA) at Linköping University.

If you are interested in attending the week of lectures and hands-on sessions (or parts thereof), please register at our registration form.


After attending the course you should:

  • Be able to understand and explain the basic ideas of the Semantic Web, including Linked Data and ontologies, and its related standards (RDF, OWL, SPARQL, …)
  • Be able to understand, retrieve, load in a triple store, query (online or offline) and use existing RDF datasets from the Web
  • Be able to use an ontology engineering methodology and ontology engineering tools to design and formalize a high-quality OWL ontology, based on a specific usage scenario (set of requirements)
  • Be able to evaluate, align, and repair an OWL ontology, using current methods and tools for ontology alignment, evaluation, and repair
  • Be able to understand and to explain how ontologies are typically used in applications
  • Be able to build an application based on Semantic Web technologies (e.g., by using RDF data, OWL ontologies, etc.)
  • Have a basic idea of the current research topics and open research problems in the field


The intensive week of lectures and hands-on sessions will take place in week 11 of 2018 (March 12-16) at LiU’s Campus Valla in Linköping. The rough schedule for this week is as follows:

  • Monday (March 12), after noon: introductory lectures that provide a general overview on the Semantic Web vision and the very basics of Semantic Web technologies
  • Tuesday (March 13), all day from 9am: mixture of lectures and hands-on sessions on topics related to storage and querying of Semantic Web data (including topics such as the SPARQL query language, RDF triple stores and how they can be used, transforming data into RDF, providing access to RDF data, full-text search on RDF data)
  • Wednesday and Thursday (March 14-15), both days from 9am: mixture of lectures and hands-on sessions on ontology-related topics (e.g., RDFS and OWL; description logics; ontology engineering; ontology design patterns; ontology evaluation, debugging, and repairing; aligning ontologies)
  • Friday (March 16), from 9am until noon: mixture of lectures and hands-on sessions on other topics relevant to applying Semantic Technologies in practice


Lecture week: March 12-16, 2018.


Olaf Hartig, Eva Blomqvist, Patrick Lambrix

For additional information we refer to: http://www.ida.liu.se/research/semanticweb/events/SemWebCourse2018/


Olaf Hartig, olaf.hartig@liu.se