Semantic Web
2010-2011 - IMT4931 - 5 ECTS

On the basis of

IMT4501 XML and Web Technologies

Expected learning outcomes

After successful completion, the students will be capable of:

  • Explaining and discussing the semantic web principles and semantic web standards
  • Discussing alternative formats for representing metadata
  • Applying, creating and evaluating ontologies
  • Utilizing semantic web technologies in federating data from multiple sources
  • Knowing the use of semantic web concepts and techniques in web service composition
  • Reflecting critically over the semantic web, its ambitious goals, and challenges


  • Semantic web basics
  • Semantic web contents and standards
  • Metadata frameworks, RDF/RDF Schema and OWL
  • Taxonomy/ontology languages, authoring and management
  • Applications of metadata and ontologies
  • Semantic inference
  • Semantic querying
  • Semantic web querying
  • Semantic web services
  • Challenges for the semantic web

Teaching Methods

Net Support Learning
Project work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course will be offered both as an ordinary campus course and as a course that is offered in a flexible way to off-campus students. Lecture notes, e-lectures and other types of e-learning material will be offered through an LMS. Communication between the teachers and the students, and among the students, will be facilitated by the LMS.

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 4 hours
Evaluation of Project(s)

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

  • Exam counts 60%
  • Project counts 40%
  • Both parts must be passed individually.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal and external examinors evaluate the exam. Internal examiner evaluates the project.

Re-sit examination

Ordinary re-sit for the written exam.

Examination support

English dictionary.

Coursework Requirements

An intermediate, mid-term report must be handed in and be approved to be able to pass the course.

Teaching Materials


  • Semantic Web for the Working Ontologies: Effective Modeling in RDFS and OWL
    by Dean Allemang (Author), Jim Hendler (Author)

    Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann (2008)
    ISBN-13: 978-0-12-373556-0


  • Note handouts and research papers

Additional information

Preregistration in Fronter is necessary to ensure that the course is offered. The course will not run if less than five students have preregistred by August 20.