Advanced Course: "The Semantic Web"



On November 22 and 23 2004 the School for Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS) will organize an Advanced Course on The semantic Web. The course takes two days, will be given in English and is part of the so called Advanced Components Stage of the Educational Program for SIKS-Ph.D. Students. Although these courses are primarily intended for SIKS-Ph.D. Students, other participants are not excluded. However, their number of passes will be restricted and depends on the number of students taking the course. The course is given by experienced lecturers actively involved in the research areas related to the topics of the course.

The idea of a "Semantic Web" has rapidly gained visibility on both the academic and the industrial agenda in recent years. Currently, some cornerstone technologies are in place, some applications are beginning to emerge, and many new research challenges have emerged. In this two day course, all these aspects will be highlighted.

Location: Conference center Woudschoten in Zeist.

Scientific Directors

  • prof.dr. F van Harmelen (VU)
  • prof.dr. A. Schreiber (VU))


Monday 22 November
  • 10.30 - 11.00 Registration, coffee, tea and Welcome
  • 11.00 - 11.30 General introduction, Frank van Harmelen (VU) & Guus Schreiber (VU)
  • 11.30 - 12.30 Semantic-web languages: the RDF/OWL family, Frank van Harmelen
  • 12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
  • 14.00 - 15.00 Querying RDF/OWL, Jeen Broekstra (VU)
  • 15.15 - 16.15 Ontology Engineering, Guus Schreiber
  • 16.30 - 17.30 Hands-on session
  • 18.00 - 20.00 Dinner
Tuesday 23 November
  • 09.30 - 11.00 Natural-language processing for the semantic web, Maarten de Rijke (UVA)
  • 11.15 - 12.30 Semantic-web applications: the 2003 & 2004 challenge , Michel Klein (VU)
  • 12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
  • 14.00 - 15.00 Semantic Web Services
  • 15.15 - 16.00 Research agenda and discussion, Frank van Harmelen & Guus Schreiber
  • 16.00 - 16.15 Evaluation
Hands-on experience is an integral part of the course, participants will be provided with software during the course, and are requested to bring their own laptop if possible.


Arrangement 1: one stay in a single room, breakfast, two lunches, dinner, course material included
Fully registrated SIKS-Ph.D.-student: no charge
SIKS-research fellow/associated member: 200 EURO
Ph.D.-students from IPA, ASCI,OZSL, TRAIL, BETHA or JF Schouten Institute: 200 EURO
Other academic participants: 400 EURO
Non-academic participants: 750 EURO

Arrangement 2: same arrangement, but without bed and breakfast
Fully registrated SIKS-Ph.D.-student: no charge
SIKS-research fellow/associated member: 125 EURO
Ph.D.-students from IPA, ASCI,OZSL, TRAIL, BETHA or JF Schouten Institute: 150 EURO
Other academic participants: 300 EURO
Non-academic participants: 600 EURO


In the conference center there is a limited number of places and there is interest from other groups in the topic as well. Therefore, an early registration is required.

Deadline for registration for SIKS-Ph.D.-students: November 1 2004

After that date, applications to participate will be honoured in a first-come first-serve manner. Of course, applications to participate from other interested groups are welcome already. They will receive a notification whether they can participate as soon as possible.

Information for non-SIKS Ph.D.- students
SIKS needs a confirmation from your supervisor/office that they agree with the arrangement and paying conditions.

For registration you are kindly requested to fill in the registration form

Cancellation regulation: If registration is cancelled before November 07 2004 the course fee may be refunded. After that date, no reimbursement is possible. For all questions regarding the content of the course and the educational program, please contact the manager of SIKS.