Developing for the Semantic Web

Half-day Tutorial


Participants in this tutorial should expect to learn about the following topics:

Semantic Web Technologies in depth
  • Resource Description Framework (RDF)
  • RDF Schema
  • OWL Web Ontology Language
  • RDF Data Query Language
Semantic Web Application Development
  • tool support for RDF/RDFS/OWL
  • Semantic Web-enabled software
  • Semantic Web projects and initiatives
  • future directions of the Semantic Web


This tutorial is aimed at those who wish to gain further knowledge of the technologies underlying the Semantic Web. It will consist of a detailed introduction to the common Semantic Web languages (RDF, RDF Schema and OWL), and the tool support for Semantic Web application development. There will be some coverage of the future directions in which Semantic Web development is likely to lead.

Basic familiarity with the Semantic Web, the Web technical architecture (HTTP, URIs, etc) and XML will be assumed by this tutorial.


This tutorial is planned as a half day event that builds on the material presented in the previous introductory tutorial.

This tutorial has been previously presented at HT2003. Parts of it have also been presented at PRIMA2003.

About the Presenter

Dr. Nicholas Gibbins is a researcher at the University of Southampton, UK. He is a member of the Advanced Knowledge Technologies (AKT) project, where his research centres on the application of Semantic Web technologies to the challenges of knowledge engineering and management. In addition, he is a member of the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Ontology Language (Webont) and Semantic Web Best Practices (SWBP) working groups.

With a background in applied artificial intelligence and distributed information management, his ongoing research includes the development of scalable infrastructures for multi-agent systems, open hypermedia and the Semantic Web.