|Semantic Enterprise Course Description|
Introduction (based on
The term Semantic Web is variously defined
The current Web is sometimes referred to as an "eyeball Web" where all interpretation of accessed information occurs, literally, in the eye of its beholder, viz. a human. On the Semantic Web interpretation will be primarily done by software agents: every information-dependent resource, including enterprises, information services, application services, and devices, need to become augmented with machine processable descriptions to support the finding, reasoning about (e.g., which service is best), and using (e.g., executing or manipulating) the resource. The idea is that self-descriptions of data and other techniques would allow context-understanding programs to selectively find what users want, or for programs to work on behalf of humans and organizations to make them more scalable, efficient and productive.
During Spring 2002 course on Semantic Web, we focused on information resources; this time we will focus on services, and how semantics can help in developing next generation of enterprise applications.
Here are some of the things you can expect to learn (some superficially, some in depth):
This is an advance course, ideally suited for PhD students, MS students in their second year, MS students with work experience or MS/PhD students wishing to pursue research in focus area of the LSDIS lab. The student must have understanding of and expertise in the following three areas:
I particularly welcome students with lots of curiosity as well as research minded students. This course is not suitable for students who prefer highly-structured, text book based education. Semantic Web is a fast evolving field -- each day I will find new research directions, semantic applications, W3C standardization efforts, technological advances and products. I want to be able to share these with the students.
T-Th: period 72: 12:30 - 1:45, and W: Period 6: 1:25 - 2:15. Class meets in Hardman 102 for lectures and will sometimes meet in Hardman 222 (LSDIS Lab) for round table discussions.
There will be following components of the course:
It will be necessary for the student to attend ALL classes, except for legitimate health reason (typically requiring doctor's note or a copy of prescription). Attendance is particularly important since there is no text book in this still evolving topic, and class room interactions cannot be repeated. Expect to spare time to read one chapter or paper per class at the minimum. Active classroom participation will be an important barometer for your grade. Grading components will include (a) classroom presentation, (b) class room participation, and (c) project. A mid-term exam is possible but unlikely.
Educational Philosophy: I am interested in seeing you "learn how to learn" rather than just learn information already laid out by others.
References (See Reading Material for more)
[A01] J. Andersen,
The Semantic Web Tutorial, XML 2001,
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