Introduction to the Semantic Web Tutorial

26 - 30 October 2008
Following on from the popular event at ISWC 2007 in Busan we are pleased to be in a position to run the Introduction to Semantic Web tutorial again at this year's ISWC.

As last year we are fortunate for this invited tutorial to have brought together a number of internationally leading researchers in the Semantic Web area. The goal for this tutorial is to give attendees an overview of the main concepts and issues in the area of the Semantic Web and Ontological Engineering. This tutorial builds upon the 6-year experience of successfully running week long summer schools within the KnowledgeWeb project (see


  • Time

  • Event

  • 08.45

  • Welcome - John Domingue
  • 09.00

  • Introduction to the Semantic Web - Jim Hendler

    In this overview Jim will cover the role of ontologies within the Semantic Web in partcular covering two visions of the Semantic Web based on the use of
  • 09.45

  • An Introduction to OWL - Sean Bechhofer

    Starting with an overview of the requirements for defining and using ontologies on the Web Sean will then outline the main concepts and issues associated with the Web ontology languaages, RDF, RDFS and OWL. By the end of this presentation attendees will have gained a basic understanding of the principles underlying
  • 10.30
  • Coffee Break
  • 11.00

  • Ontology Engineering Methodologies - Asun Gómez-Pérez

    Using the insights gained in a decade of research Asun will describe the main principles and phases underlying the construction of ontologies, including acquisition, conceptualization, evaluation and integration. By the end of this presentation attendees will have an overview of the main steps involved in creating an industrial strength ontology.
  • 11.30

  • Ontology Design - Aldo Gangemi

    Building upon Asun's presentation here Aldo will focus on Ontology Design. In particular, Aldo define what ontology design is and discuss the relationship between ontologies and language, ontology design components and patterns. The presentation will end with an outline of some general design issues and how one might carry out unit tests.
  • 12.00

  • Semantic Web Technologies for Capturing, Sharing and Reusing Knowledge - Fabio Ciravegna

    Fabio will outline the main issues and techniques related to the capture of knowledge and enabling knowledge sharing and reuse. acquiring and searching data at large scale with a special focus on knowledge management. Using the results of a number of large European and industrial projects, this session will give attendees insights into how information extraction techniques can support the population of ontologies with data.
  • 12.45
  • Lunch
  • 14.00

  • Semantic Interoperability - Jerome Euzenat and Natasha Noy Semantic Interoperability

    In the same way that the Web is composed of heterogeneous resources the Semantic Web is composed of heterogeneous ontologies. In this session Jerome and Natasha will discuss what interoperability means at the semantic level. Additionally, they will outline different techniques which can be used to address this problem. At the end of this session attendees will understand the notions and issues underlying semantic interoperability.
  • 14.45

  • Semantic Web Services - John Domingue and David Martin Semantic Web Services

    In this session John and David will first give an overview of the problem and vision for applying Semantic Web technologies to Web Services, then they will describe a number of the most important approaches and finally Semantic Web Service applications including a new initiative related to the Future Internet. By the end of this session attendees will gained an understanding of the main issues in Semantic Web Services and an overview of OWL-S, SAWSDL and WSMO.
  • 15.30
  • Coffee Break
  • 16.00

  • Linked Data: The Dark Side of the Semantic Web - Jim Hendler

    Jim Hendler explains how the Semantic Web can facilitate the linking of data
    across the Web in ways which are not easy to reproduce via standard

    In this session, Jim will present some discussion of one of the areas of Semantic Web development that is just coming into its own. Sometimes called Linked Data, sometimes called Web 3.0, these applications focus on the use of semantics in large-scale Web application development. We will look at the features of these applications and why the Semantic Web is an important part of this emerging area.
  • 16.30

  • Using the Semantic Web - Mathieu d'Aquin

    In this presentation, we will consider the perspective of application developers that wish to make use, to exploit, the knowledge now available on the Web in the form of ontologies and RDF data. We will in particular focus on demonstrating how emerging systems (mostly Web APIs such as Watson, Sindice, Hakia or Open Calais) can be used to build smart applications, ranging from complex, knowledge-intensive processes, to simple, lightweight semantic mash-ups. Several applications, covering various tasks and topics (e.g., question answering, folksonomy enrichment, semantic search) will also be presented from a developer's perspective, providing concrete (and hopefully inspiring) illustrations of what can be achieved with the Semantic Web nowadays.
  • 17.15pm
  • Close