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Semantic Web & Semantische Systeme

level of course unit

second cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

By the end of this course the students will have detailed knowledge of the basic techniques of Semantic Web. In particular they will analyze knowledge representation techniques such as RDF or OWL and investigate query methods which allow searches of knowledge sources (SPARQL, etc.). The students will have additional in-depth knowledge of currently ongoing topics such as Web of Data, Link Open Data Cloud, etc.

prerequisites and co-requisites

not applicable

course contents

In this integrated course, instruction is given in the basics of the Semantic Web. Emphasis is placed on the following: Semantic Web architecture: introduction to the basic components of a Semantic Web architecture (URI, XML, name spaces, etc.); RDF: introduction to Resource Description Framework and the technologies based on it such as RDF Schema, RDF Semantics, serialization and implementation; Web of Data: this part deals with the Web of Data initiative (development, principles) and describes the technologies used (RDFa, GRDDL, Link Data publishing and consumption techniques); Web Ontology Language (OWL): in this part the Web Ontology Language is presented in detail and it addresses other dialects (OWL-Lite, OWL-DL and OWL-Full). In this connection the ontologies from the web and their application are also presented; storage and query: an overview is presented here of the state-of-the-art RDF repositories (Sesame, OWLIM, etc.) and an introduction is given to the query language SPARQL; Semantic Web Service is an introduction to the concept of a service on the web and its technologies (WSDL, SOAP, UDDI) and provides the definition of a Semantic Web Service and its technologies (WSMO, WSML, WSMX, etc.).

recommended or required reading

- D. Fensel, E. Simperl and I.Toma. Semantic Web Handbook, Springer, 2011.
- D. Fensel, J. Domingue, J.A. Hendler (editors). Handbook of Semantic Web Technologies, Springer, 2010.
- D. Fensel. Ontologies: A Silver Bullet for Knowledge Management and Electronic Commerce, 2nd Edition, Springer 2003.

assessment methods and criteria

Final examination

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, presentation and task discussion

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Dr. Dipl.-Inf. Tobias Bürger

year of study


recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code


type of course unit

compulsory (integrated lecture)

mode of delivery

In-class course

work placement(s)

not applicable