Thursday, November 27, 2008

Neologism Web-based RDFS vocabulary editor

Neologism is a simple web-based RDF Schema vocabulary editor and publishing system under development at DERI. It looks like a great lightweight tool for developing Semantic Web vocabularies and publishing them on the Web following current best practices. It's goal is to "dramatically reduce the time required to create, publish and modify vocabularies for the Semantic Web." The system is not yet open for use, but there is a good online Neologism demo as well as a screencast of how to use it.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Who should take this course?

This special topics course is available to advanced undergraduates and graduate students. It will introduce the notion of the Semantic Web, provide an overview of the underlying theory and technology, cover existing tools and practices, and highlight current and potential applications.

Having taken a database or AI course will be helpful as will some familiarity with XML and other Web technologies.

The course will be approximately half lecture and half seminar. Students will be expected to read, discuss and present current research papers. In the first half of the course there will be a series of homework assignments designed to get students familiar with the technology. In the second half, students will work on individual or group projects.

If you are unsure if want to take the course and have any questions, feel free to contac me by email. You can also leave a comment on this post.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

What is this blog?

This public blog is for the Spring 2009 UMBC Computer Science class CMSC 491/691s -- Special Topics: the Semantic Web. The instructors and students will use it to share information, ideas, and comments as well as to carry on discussions. Visitors are welcome to participate by adding comments to the posts.