BBY 464 Semantic Information Management (Spring 2016)
Class meets: Tuesdays 09:30-12:00 (102)
Instructors: Yaşar Tonta & Orçun Madran (e-mail: [yasartonta, orcunmadran]@gmail.com)
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Semantic Information Management (SIM) is of paramount importance as it offers many applications ranging from semantic search to semantic advertising to semantic publishing. Concepts such as semantic networks, social semantic web, linked data, ontologies, schemas, semantic annotations and vocabularies have been drawing attention in information management field. Similarly, information professionals have to be conversant with such acronyms as XML, RDF, OWL, and SKOS in their daily work.
This course aims to make students familiar with the basic concepts of Semantic Web and its supporting technologies (ie, XML and RDF), schemas and ontologies (ie, RDFS and OWL), and semantic annotations and vocabularies (ie, RDFa, DC, SKOS) along with their use in information management applications.
- understand the underlying ideas and principles of Semantic Web and its layered architecture;
- become familiar with its main technologies including ontologies and semantic query languages (eg, SPARQL); and
- learn how to apply these technologies to develop information management applications.
Attendance will be strictly observed. You are expected to actively participate the class discussions and come prepared to the classroom by reading the assigned articles and chapters. Reading assignments will be listed in the weekly class schedule in the course web site and/or course blog. Students are expected to complete the assignments (details to come). The midterm exam and assignments are worth 60% of the overall passing grade. Students who took programming and web design courses are strongly encouraged to take this course.
Required and Recommended Readings
De Virgilio et al. (eds.) Semantic Web Information Management: A Model-Based Perspective. (The full text of this book is available in PDF through the library: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-642-04329-1 Note that you should use proxy go get access to the book from outside the campus.)
Shadbolt, N., Hall, W. & Berners-Lee, T. (2006 May). The Semantic Web revisited. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 21(3): 96-101.
Özdemir, S. (2012 Eylül). Günümüz teknolojileri ne kadar “akıllı”? Bilişim Dergisi, no. 146, s. 100-107. (Please take a look at other articles in this special dossier of Bilişim Dergisi on Semantic Web).
Akçapınar Sezer, E. (2012 Eylül). Anlamsal Web’in ontolojilerle hayata geçmesi, arama/sorgulamada köklü değişiklikler yaratacak. Bilişim Dergisi, no. 146, s. 112-115.
Singhal, Amit (May 16, 2012). "Introducing the Knowledge Graph: Things, Not Strings". Official Blog (of Google). Retrieved February 06, 2016. (watch the 2’44’’ video on how Google’s Knowledge Graph works)
Singhal, Amit (2013). Google I/O 2013 keynote. (starts from 1:51:01; watch till 2:10:48).
Warren, P.W. & Davies, N.J. (2007). Managing the risks from information —through semantic information management. BT Technology Journal, 25(1): 178-191. (filename: semantikbilgiyonetimi.pdf) Should be essential reading; a bit technical)
Brooks, T.A. (2002). The Semantic Web, universalist ambition and some lessons from librarianship. Information Research, 7(4).
Yadagiri, N. & Ramesh, P. The Semantic Web and the libraries: An overview. International Journal of Library Science, 7(1): 80-94, http://www.braoumlisc.yolasite.com/resources/5%20Semantic%20Web%20and%20the%20Libraries%20%20an%20Overview%2026.11.2012.pdf