Semantic Web Systems: these pages are being updated for 2015-16

Semantic Web Systems is a Level 11 course given in Semester 2, and it is open to 4th and 5th year undergraduates and MSc students.

word cloud The Semantic Web has been held up as an extension of the current Web by Tim Berners-Lee. According to this vision, the Web becomes a universal medium for data, information, and knowledge. For this to happen, Web content needs to be expressed in a form that can be processed intelligently by machines.

Some aspects of the Semantic Web have already been developed as specifications and implementations. Other parts are still highly speculative or too challenging to solve yet, but are the subject of considerable research and experimentation. This is an exciting and evolving subject, worth studying in more detail.

Lecture Schedule

Lectures are held on Mondays and Thursdays at 12:10 pm – 1.00 pm in the Teviot Lecture Theatre - Doorway 5 of the Medical School. Lectures start on Monday of Week 1 of Semester 2.

The schedule of weekly topics is currently being updated for the 2015/2016 session

Week Date Topic Handout Reading
Week 1 11/01 1 Introduction Slides SWWO Ch 1, The Semantic Web
14/01 2 Ontologies Slides SWWO Ch 2, Folksonomy links, W3C Ontologies page
Week 2 18/01 3 Ontological Representation Slides Sections 1.1-1.4 in Ontological Engineering
21/01 4 Metadata Slides
Week 3 25/01 5 RDF Models Slides SWWO Ch 3, RDF Primer
28/01 6 RDF Data Structures Slides SWWO Ch 3, Turtle Primer, Information and Non-information Resources
Week 4 01/02 7 RDFS Slides SWWO Ch 6, 7
04/02 8 Querying Slides SWWO Ch 5
Week 5 08/02 9 Linked Open Data Slides Linked Data: Evolving the Web into a Global Data Space Ch 2
11/02 10 Practical lab Different location:
Teaching lab 1.B30 (Drill Hall)
ILW 15/02 Innovative Learning Week
18/02 Innovative Learning Week
Week 6 22/02 11 Description Logics & OWL Slides From SHIQ and RDF to OWL: The Making of a Web Ontology Language
25/02 12 Ontology Engineering Slides SWWO Ch 14
Week 7 29/02 13 Ontology Matching Slides Ontology matching: state of the art and future challenges
03/03 14 The programmable Web Slides
Week 8 07/03 15 Web Services (1) Slides Explorer's Guide to the Semantic Web Ch 8
10/03 16 Web Services (2) Slides OWL-S: Semantic Markup for Web Services, Bringing Semantics to Web Services with OWL-S
Week 9 14/03 17 Automated Question-Answering Using Semantic Web Technologies Slides Guest Lecture by Kobby Nuamah
17/03 18 The Age of Social Machines Slides Guest Lecture by Petros Papapanagiotou
Week 10 21/03 19 No Lecture
24/03 No Lecture


Course Information


There are two pieces of coursework. The total worth of the coursework is 30%.

Optional Tasks

Q&A Platform

We encourage you to use our SWS Q&A class on Piazza to ask questions about the course and the assignments.

Office Hours

If you have questions about the course you can meet Paolo Pareti during his office hours in the Informatics Forum, room 2.40 (or if he is not there, in room 2.15 instead).
Office hours will be on Wednesdays from 11:00 to 12:00. They will run on a weekly basis, starting on Wednesday the 27th of January. However, there won't be office hours on the 17th of February (during the Innovative Learning Week). The last one will be on Monday the 21st of March from 11:00 to 12:00 (please note the unusual day of the week).


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