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Web-Based Knowledge Representation Course

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Course description

The Web offers a great opportunity for using well-established and new knowledge representation techniques. The aim in using these is to make web pages intended for human users accessible for machines as well. Such a web would enable a set of intelligent services such as: search-engines, information filters, adaptive web-sites a.s.o. This course presents the technology that enables the new generation of the web. It presents knowledge modeling concepts (ontologies) and knowledge representation languages developed for the web (XML, RDF, OWL). We investigate the increasing expressiveness of these languages and point out issues for future research in this field.


Course Material

Lectures and slides

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The overall course is based on A Semantic Web Primer by Grigoris Antoniou and Frank van Harmelen. See


Material from previous years is available in the archive section. You will especially find here a set of ontologies designed by students on the TV domain.

Contact: Antoine Isaac