Ontologies and Knowledge Bases module (COMP718) - 2012, semester 1

This page contains material for the BSc honours (4th year) module "Ontologies and Knowledge Bases" (COMP718) taught by Maria Keet, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in Semester 1, 2012.

General Information

The principal aim of this module is to provide the participant with a comprehensive overview of ontology engineering and its usage in ontology-driven information systems and knowledge bases.
A secondary aim is to provide hands-on experience in ontology development and Semantic Web Technologies that illustrate the theory, such as language features, automated reasoning, querying ontologies, and top-down and bottom-up ontology development.
This module covers material such that, upon completion, the student: Interwoven in the module's aims is skills development for the students' BSc(honours) project. The students will become familiar with reading scientific literature and will gain experience in report writing and presenting their work to their peers.

Module material
The course material consists of: Lecture venue and time
The lectures will be held in the honours seminar room (Block H1, Westville Campus, and honours seminar room at the Pietermaritzburg Campus), from 07.02.2012 to 26.05.2012 each Tuesday 9.00-11.00 (minus midterm break and festive holidays; details on the module's Moodle page).

Contact information
Office hours: by prior arrangement via e-mail
School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
Block H1, Westville campus, 3rd floor
tel (office): ext. 1035
email: {surname}@ukzn.ac.za


Section 4 of the Module outline contains brief descriptions of the topics.
The COMP718 Moodle page and the COMP718 Lecture Notes contain the required and recommended readings, and the exercises. The answers to the exercises are brief and more alike a quick reminder of what is discussed in the lab.
  1. Introduction
  2. FOL recap and Description Logics
  3. The Web Ontology Language OWL
  4. OWL 2 and Reasoning
  5. Top-down Ontology Development I
  6. Top-down Ontology Development II
  7. Bottom-up Ontology Development
  8. Methods and Methodologies
  9. Ontology/Conceptual Model-based Data Access I
  10. Ontology/Conceptual Model-based Data Access II
  11. Temporal ontologies
  12. Recap and Research Trends
    • Slides (more temporal; see last week's slides);
    • additional files: none (recap done on the white board)
  13. Mini-project Presentations
    • no slides (or your slides, if you are willing to share them online)
    • no additional files (or your wite-up and/or tool, if you are willing to share them online)

Supplementary material

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