CSE 428: Semantic Web Topics, Sping 2008

Professor Jeff Heflin

TTh 4:00-5:15pm, Packard 208

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Course Description

The Internet is on the verge of another revolution. The development of the World Wide Web made the Internet accessible to millions by making it easy for anyone to instantly share information with others around the world. However, the explosive growth of the Web has led to the problem of information overload. Researchers from industry and academia are now exploring the possibility of creating a "Semantic Web," in which meaning is made explicit, allowing machines to process and integrate Web resources intelligently. Beyond enabling quick and accurate web search, this technology may also allow the development of intelligent internet agents and facilitate communication between a multitude of heterogeneous web-accessible devices. In this class, we will examine this exciting area by reading and discussing both existing web specifications and cutting-edge research papers. Topics will include the design of various Semantic Web languages (such as RDF and OWL), the role of ontologies and how to develop them, the knowledge acquisition problem, techniques for scalable reasoning, integrating heterogeneous data sources, web-based agents, and issues in developing semantic-aware applications.

For details about course content, textbook, grading, assignments, and office hours, see the course syllabus.


Each assignment will be made available here after they are handed out in class. The online versions of the assignments are in PDF format.


Your readings will be listed below as they are assigned. Readings marked SWP are from our textbook, "A Semantic Web Primer." We will also read research papers and technical specifications, and I provide links to online versions of these documents. Usually this is in HTML or PDF format, although a few papers may be in PostScript or Compressed PostScript format. Also, each online reading assignment is followed by a reference (in brackets) that links to the complete citation for the paper.

Read SWP Ch. 1 (pp. 1-21) 8/28
Read SWP Ch. 2 (pp. 25-61) 9/2
Read SWP Sect. 3.1 - 3.3 (pp. 65-84)
Read SWP Sect. 3.4 - 3.10 (pp. 84-109)
Read SWP Sect. 4.1 - 4.4 (pp. 113-131)
Read SWP Sect. 4.5 - 4.9 (pp. 131-152)
Read An Introduction to Description Logics [NB02] 9/18
Read Basic Description Logics [BN02], Sect. 2.1 - 2.2 (pp. 47-78)
Read Reducing OWL Entailment to Description Logic Satisfiability [HPS03]
Read SWP Ch. 7 (pp. 225-240)
Read The Protégé OWL Plugin: An Open Development Environment for Semantic Web Applications [KFN04]
Read OWL Pizzas: Practical Experience of Teaching OWL-DL: Common Errors & Common Patterns [RDH04]
Read SWP Sect. 5.1-5.6 (pp. 157-171)
Read Description Logic Programs: Combining Logic Programs with Description Logic [GHV03]
Read A Conjunctive Query Language for Description Logic ABoxes [HT00]
Read LUBM: A Benchmark for OWL Knowledge Base Systems [GPH05]
Read A Comparison of Reasoning Techniques for Querying Large Description Logic ABoxes [MS06] 10/9
Read Schema Mediation in Peer Data Management Systems [HIS03]
Read Efficient Selection and Integration of Data Sources for Answering Semantic Web Queries [QDH08]
Read Somewhere in the Semantic Web [ACG05]
Read Distributed and Modular Ontology Reasoning [SBT05]
Read An Introduction to RDF and the Jena RDF API
Read A Survey of Schema-Based Matching Approaches [SE05]
Read Learning to Map between Ontologies on the Semantic Web [DMD02] 10/30
Read Adaptive Information Extraction: Core Technologies for Information Agents [KT03]
Read Web-Scale Information Extraction in KnowItAll (Preliminary Results) [ECD04]
Read Gimme' The Context: Context-driven Automatic Semantic Annotation with C-PANKOW [CLS05] 11/6
Read Scaling Question Answering to the Web [KEW01] 11/13
Read PowerAqua: Fishing the Semantic Web [LMU06]
Read The Pathetic Fallacy of RDF [KS06]
Read SWP Ch. 6 (pp. 185-221)11/20
Read DBPedia: A Nucleus for a Web of Open Data [ABL07]
Read Hawkeye: A Practical Large Scale Demonstration of Semantic Web Integration. [PQK07]
Read The Two Cultures: Mashing Up Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web (position paper) [AKT07]
Read Automated Discovery, Interaction and Composition of Semantic Web Services [SPA04]
Read SWP Ch. 8 (pp. 245-252)12/4

Additional Class Materials

Contains information on course content, grading, assignments, and office hours
Supplemental Slides
Any slides that were used in class. These slides do not cover the full extent of the lectures.
Reading List
A list of relevant papers, organized by topic. Some of these papers will be assigned reading for the course; the others will be optional.
Semantic Web Tools
Here are some recommended tools for use in this class.


The following sites contain additional information about the Semantic Web that you may find interesting.