ISWC 2009 Tutorials/Semantic Web Basics

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Semantic Web Basics (half day tutorial)

Monday, 26th October, 8:30- 12:30


Over the course of the past few years, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has ratified a number of standards for information sharing on the web that have come to be know of as the Semantic Web. These standards provide a smooth technology adoption path from basic information representation on the web up to a fully integrated web of linked data. This tutorial presents the basics of Linked Data, and shows how the W3C Standards contribute to the realization of this goal. This tutorial will be followed up by the Building Semantic Web Applications for Government tutorial.

Content and Schedule

This half-day tutorial will include lectures and exercises on the following topics:

  • Linked data - concepts, prerequisites and adoption
  • Semantic Web standards: RDF, RDFS and OWL. Division of labor between the standards.
  • Relationship between Semantic Web data and other conventional forms (Spreadsheets, Relational Databases, XML)
  • Querying Semantic Data with SPARQL
  • Vocabularies as Distributed Data - Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS)
  • Semantic Web tooling and applications


  • Dean Allemang, TopQuadrant, Inc.

Further Information