Semantic Web - CO644

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Medway Spring
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6 15 (7.5) DR S Al-Sudani


CO520 (Further Object Oriented Programming) , CO539 Web Development





• Resource Description Framework (RDF) & RDF Schema:
o Information representation and knowledge exchange on the web o Applications of RDF (e.g. Haystack, Creative Commons etc.) • RDF Query and Inference Languages (e.g. SPARQL etc.)
• Web Ontology Language (OWL): o DAML+OIL
o Publishing and sharing of ontologies o Advanced Web searching
o Knowledge management, asset management, enterprise integration o Software agents, automated agents
o Existing Shared Ontologies (e.g. FOAF, DOAC, SIOC, SKOS etc.)
• Dublin Core
• Data Mining (in relation to the Web) & Screen Scraping
• The Wider Picture:
o Personal and corporate privacy issues o Data trust and proof issues o Computer law and professional issues
• The future of the Web (these lists are not exhaustive) o Web 2.0: data-driven; architecture of communication; web services; syndication; online communities; folksonmies; wikis; search engine optimisation; contextual & "pay per click" advertising etc.
o Web 3.0: the Semantic Web; cognitive architecture; automated reasoning; distributed computing; composite applications; semantic wikis etc.
o Aim to give students the tools to critically evaluate the Semantic Web (and alternative proposals)


This module appears in:

Contact hours

22 hours of lectures

Method of assessment

Examination 50%
Coursework 50%

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Students successfully completing this module will
a) have acquired a systematic understanding of what the Semantic Web is and how it facilitates use of and reasoning about web resources
b) be able to make effective use of metadata and inferencing
c) be able to deploy ontologies for classification and organisation of knowledge
d) have developed a critical awareness of current research directions in the field of Semantic Web technologies
e) have developed a critical awareness of state-of-the-art techniques for automated information gathering
f) have gained a conceptual understanding of privacy and trust issues relating to the use of Semantic Web data

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