Semantic Web: Key Ideas, Techniques, Applications
Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, Greece
The Semantic Web is a W3C driven major development aiming at improving the state of the World Wide Web
through the use of semantic technology. The basic idea is to enrich the current Web with
machine-processable information about the meaning (semantics) of information content. This way,
the meaning of displayed information is accessible not only to humans, but becomes also accessible to
software agents. The key techniques of the Semantic Web are semantic annotations (meta-data), such that
Web information carries its meaning on its sleeve, ontologies which organize terms in a conceptualization
of a domain, thus connecting semantic annotations with each other and serving as a basis for
interoperability, and logical reasoning, which processes metadata and ontologies in a declarative manner.
The proposed tutorial will present the Semantic Web vision and overall design, describe the basic
techniques with particular focus on the W3C standards of RDF/S and OWL, present some key research
questions, and illustrate the usefulness of the Semantic Web on the basis of some applications.
- The Semantic Web Vision
- Semantic Web Technologies
- Semantic metadata in RDF
- Simple ontologies in RDF Schema
- Web ontology language OWL
- The role of reasoning
- Current research questions
- Selected applications
- Knowledge management
- Electronic commerce
- Electronic learning
Everyone interested in learning the basics of the Semantic Web. Potentially the topic is interesting to a very broad circle of EEE-05 attendees.
The tutorial will be smooth with very little prior knowledge expected.
While a textbook will not be required, participants will have a good avenue of expanding their knowledge of the Semantic Web after the tutorial using the book
G. Antoniou, F. van Harmelen: A Semantic Web Primer, MIT Press 2004,
with which the tutorial will be compatible.
Grigoris Antoniou is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Crete, and
Head of the Information Systems Laboratory at FORTH. Previously he held professorial appointments at
the University of Bremen, Germany, and Griffith University, Australia.
His research interests lie in knowledge representation and reasoning, and its applications to the
Web information systems and e-Commerce. He has published over 150 technical papers in international
journals and conferences. He is member of the European Networks of Excellence Delos (digital libraries)
and REWERSE (semantic web reasoning). In November 2004 he organized a highly successful workshop on Rules
for the Semantic Web at the International Semantic Web Conference, with proceedings published in
the Springer LNCS series.
Antoniou has a long teaching experience at university level, and has presented tutorials and short courses
in summer schools and at international events. He is author of three textbooks published by high quality
publishers (Addison-Wesley, MIT Press). His most recent textbook, A Semantic Web Primer
(co-authored with Frank van Harmelen) has already become the standard teaching reference in this area.