Online course: Introduction to the Semantic Web

Rory Litwin rlitwin at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 6 13:42:00 EST 2012

Introduction to the Semantic Web

*Instructor: *Robert Chavez
*Dates: *Jan. 1 - Jan. 28, 2013
*Credits: *1.5 CEUs
*Cost:* $175

One of the main goals the semantic web (sometimes referred to as Web 3.0)
is to allow the web to be treated like a database through structured
metadata, controlled vocabularies, and data linking. Simply put, semantics
is the process of adding description and information to resources to help
us understand the meaning of these resources. This is not a foreign concept
to LIS professionals, the language and tools of semantic organization,
however, are a new and evolving discipline.

This course will provide an introduction to semantic web standards (RDF,
RDFa, OWL, SPARQL) and their application. RDF is the foundation of the
semantic web and most related standards so we will spend a significant
portion of time learning the basics of the RDF framework and how to craft
RDF in an XML format. In addition, we will explore how to create semantic
models to link/share different types of resources, and how to create a
basic ontology using the Web Ontology Language. Course outcomes will

   - learning the RDF framework
   - understanding the differences between RDF and XML
   - learning how to create standard ontologies
   - learning how RDF is published and queried
   - understanding how the semantic web relates to library standards (such
   as MARC)
   - understand how semantic technologies such as ontologies and SKOS
   relate to libraries efforts in the field of classification, indexing, and
   knowledge management
   - understand how semantic technologies are changing the way we create
   and use library software systems

 *Robert Chavez* holds a PhD in Classical Studies from Indiana University.
>From 1994-1999 he worked in the Library Electronic Text Resource Service at
Indiana University Bloomington as an electronic text specialist. From
1999-2007 Robert worked at Tufts University at the Perseus Project and the
Digital Collections and Archives as a programmer, digital humanist, and
institutional repository program manager. He currently works for the New
England Journal of Medicine in as Content Applications Architect.


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