[Metadatalibrarians] Introduction to the Semantic Web (online class)

Rory Litwin rlitwin at gmail.com
Tue May 19 08:15:31 PDT 2015

Introduction to the Semantic Web

(Apologies for cross-posting.)

Instructor: Robert Chavez
Dates: June 1-26, 2015
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Price: $175


One of the main goals the semantic web (sometimes referred to as Web 3.0,
Linked Data, or the Web of Data) is to allow the web to be treated like a
database through structured metadata, controlled vocabularies, and data
linking. Simply put, semantics is the process of adding description and
information to resources to help us understand the meaning of these
resources. This is not a foreign concept to LIS professionals, the language
and tools of semantic organization, however, are a new and evolving
discipline. In this course we will provide an introduction to semantic web
standards (RDF, RDFa, taxonomies/OWL, SKOS) and their application. RDF is
the foundation of the semantic web and most related standards so we will
spend a significant portion of time learning the basic concepts of the RDF
framework and how RDF can be represented in an XML format (we'll be looking
at a good number of RDF examples). In addition, we will explore how to
create semantic models that could be used to link/share different types of
resources, and how basic ontologies (using the Web Ontology Language) are

Robert Chavez holds a PhD in Classical Studies from Indiana University.
>From 1994-1999 he worked in the Library Electronic Text Resource Service at
Indiana University Bloomington as an electronic text specialist. From
1999-2007 Robert worked at Tufts University at the Perseus Project and the
Digital Collections and Archives as a programmer, digital humanist, and
institutional repository program manager. He currently works for the New
England Journal of Medicine as Content Applications Architect.

Read an interview with Robert about his series of courses:

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that
participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The
class does not meet together at any particular times, although the
instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction
includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation
is in an online forum environment.

You can register in this course through the first week of instruction. The
"Register" button on the website goes to our credit card payment gateway,
which may be used with personal or institutional credit cards. (Be sure to
use the appropriate billing address). If your institution wants to pay
using a purchase order, please contact us to make arrangements.

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P.O. Box 188784
Sacramento, CA 95818
Tel. 218-260-6115
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