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Courses in summer term 2009 / Lecture XML and Semantic Web-Technologies

Time: Tu 10-12,
We 8-10 two-week s.t.
Begin: 14.04.2009
Assignment: Informatik/ BI(MSc)
Last Lecture: here
Time: Mo 16-18
Begin: 20/04/2009
Time: 08/03/2009
Begin: 10:00h
Length: 2:00h

The Extensible Markup Language (XML), a W3C standard since 1998, allows the uniform representation of semistructured documents and data, readable for humans as well as for machines. XML is used as universal data and document format throughout all application areas of computer science. While XML describes syntax, the resource description framework (RDF) and the web ontology language (OWL) can code the semantics, i.e., meaning in a formal way, so that it can be processed automatically, e.g., for inferring knowledge from several facts or more generally answering complex queries.

The first part of the lecture covers the actual XML standards (XML, XML-Schema, XPath, XSL and XQuery), the second part gives an introduction to the basic semantic web technologies (RDF, OWL). The focus of the lecture is on practical knowledge about the usage of these technologies and the theoretical concepts behind them.


  • 04/22/2009: Starting from now on, the schedule for the lecture held on wednesday has been changed to wed, 8:00-9:30 s.t. The room (B 26) remains the same.

Introducory readings:

  1. Goldfarb, Charles F., Prescod, Paul (2003): XML Handbook, Prentice Hall PTR, 5th edition.
  2. Katz, Howard (Hrsg., 2004): XQuery from the experts: a guide to the W3C XML query language. Boston : Addison-Wesley.
  3. Fensel, D. (2001): Ontologies: a silver bullet for knowledge management and electronic commerce. Berlin: Springer.
  4. Fensel, D., Hendler, J., Lieberman, H., Wahlster, W. (2003): Introduction to the Semantic Web. In: Spinning the Semantic Web. Bringing the World Wide Web to Its Full Potential. Cambridge: MIT Press, S. 1-25.