Introduction to the Semantic Web
Instructor: Robert Chavez
Dates: October 1-28, 2013
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
One of the main goals the semantic web (sometimes referred to as Web 3.0, Linked Data, or the Web of Data) is to allow the web to be treated like a database through structured metadata, controlled vocabularies, and data linking. Simply put, semantics is the process of adding description and information to resources to help us understand the meaning of these resources. This is not a foreign concept to LIS professionals, the language and tools of semantic organization, however, are a new and evolving discipline. In this course we will provide an introduction to semantic web standards (RDF, RDFa, taxonomies/OWL, SKOS) and their application. RDF is the foundation of the semantic web and most related standards so we will spend a significant portion of time learning the basic concepts of the RDF framework and how RDF can be represented in an XML format (we'll be looking at a good number of RDF examples). In addition, we will explore how to create semantic models that could be used to link/share different types of resources, and how basic ontologies (using the Web Ontology Language) are created.
This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems, and may assume a certain level of background knowledge covered in other courses in the sequence.
Robert Chavez holds a PhD in Classical Studies from Indiana University. From 1994-1999 he worked in the Library Electronic Text Resource Service at Indiana University Bloomington as an electronic text specialist. From 1999-2007 Robert worked at Tufts University at the Perseus Project and the Digital Collections and Archives as a programmer, digital humanist, and institutional repository program manager. He currently works for the New England Journal of Medicine in as Content Applications Architect. Interview with Robert Chavez
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