Graduate School and Research Center in Digital Sciences

An Introduction to Semantic Web technologies

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  • The Semantic Web is an evolving extension of the World Wide Web in which the semantics of information and services on the web is defined, making it possible for the web to understand and satisfy the requests of people and machines to use the web content. It derives from W3C director Sir Tim Berners-Lee's vision of the Web as a universal medium for data, information, and knowledge exchange. This course is a guided tour for a number of W3C recommendations allowing to represent (RDF/S, OWL, SKOS, RIF), query (SPARQL) and extract (RDFa, GRDDL) knowledge on the web.
  • It aims at presenting the underlying logical formalisms of these languages, their syntax and semantics.
  • We will also present the problems of modelling and aligning ontologies on the web.
  • Finally, we will show how the linked data movement contributes to the so-called Web 3.0 vision.


Teaching will include:

  •  Description logics and conceptual graphs    
  •  An introduction to RDF and RDFS
  •  An introduction to SPARQL
  •  An introduction to SKOS, OWL and RIF
  •  Modelling an ontology: methodologies and tools
  •  Aligning ontologies
  •  Put the semantic web back in the web (RDFa and GRDDL)
  • Join the Linked Data movement


Nb hours: 21.00
Control form: examen écrit, présentations orales