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Linked Data


  • [Mar. 23, 2015, 16.00] The grades have been entered into the system. Please follow the email instructions for getting feedback.
  • [Jan. 16, 2015] The submission of the revised report has been extended until the 13.02.2015, 17.00.
  • [Jan. 16, 2015] Instructions for submitting the presentation slides were sent per email.
  • [Dec. 24, 2014] An acknowledgement of receipt was sent per email. If you submitted and didn't receive it, please contact your tutor.
  • [Dec. 17, 2014] Deadline for the submission of the presentation slides has been extended
  • [Oct. 02, 2014] Web page created; date and location of the sessions to be defined
  • [Oct. 15, 2014] Date and location for the Kick-off event have been defined (see below)
  • [Oct. 23, 2014] The list of topics is now online (Material and Topics)
  • [Oct. 24, 2014] The slides of the Kick-off event are now online (Material and Topics)
  • [Oct. 28, 2014] Date and location for the Session I have been defined (see below)


Seminar Content

The World Wide Web is a collection of interlinked documents such as HTML pages which are accessible via the Internet. However, HTML imposes the structure of a website over the textual content of such documents. The data contained in the text needs to be stripped out and eventually structured by a software application, e.g. by search engine.

To overcome this limitation, a new generation of Web technologies is rapidly emerging which makes it possible for the WWW to evolve into the Semantic Web. This initiative has as one of its goals the creation of a linked network of data on a global scale that is easily processable by applications. This data does not replace the documents in the current Web. It adds instead a semantic description of the resources (concepts) which appear in the text of the already existing collection of interlinked documents. Linked Data is a set of best practices based on open standards which define how this data should be published and interlinked.

The purpose of this seminar is to provide a conceptual and technical introduction to Linked Data and discuss individual approaches as well as state-of-the-art with regard to extraction, consumption, interaction, linking, sharing and enrichment as well as quality assessment of data complying with the Linked Data principles. An understanding of the basic concepts will then make it possible to discuss issues, limitations and development challenges of Linked Data.

Application Procedure

  • We kindly ask prospective participants to apply via HISinOne for participating in this seminar.
  • Please note that the number of participants is limited to 10.

Administrative Stuff

  • The seminar is organized as a block seminar, consisting of a kick-off event and one presentation session with mandatory participation
  • Kick-off event: Thu., Oct 23, 2014, 16:00 - 18:00 (c.t.). Location: Geb. 51 SR 01-29

    The aim of the kick-off event is to provide all participants with basic knowledge about Linked Data within the context of The Semantic Web. The topics as well as goals to be achieved in the written report and presentation will be introduced in this event.

  • Session I: Fri., Jan 23, 2015, 09:00 (s.t.) - ca. 18:00 . Location: Geb. 51 SR 01-29

    Presentation of the participants.

  • Additional information:
    • ECTS: 4 cr. (equivalent to 2 SWS)
    • Location: Geb. 51 SR 01-29
    • Language: English/German
    • Time: Fri., Jan 23, 2015, 09:00 (s.t.) - ca. 18:00

Prerequisites for Passing

  • Full participation in both sessions is mandatory
  • Submission of written report (max. of 6 pages) by Dec. 23, 2014, 12.00. The template will be provided in both, MS Word and LaTeX formats. We will write an email with further details about the submission. Submission of the revised report by Feb. 13, 2015, 17.00.
  • Oral presentation of each participant (English or German); presentation 30 mins followed by 15 mins of discussion and questions; note that presentations have to be in PPT or LaTeX (no particular template is required).
  • Final presentations need to be submitted by Jan 22, 2015, 17.00 the latest. We will write an email with further details about the submission.
  • Participation in discussions and the quality of questions raised are also part of the final grade assigned.
  • The final grade is composed 60% oral presentation plus participation in discussions and 40% written report.

Topics and References

  • Topics and references will be handed out in the kick-off event.
  • Note that the indicated paper references are only meant as starting point. Students are highly encouraged to search for other suitable references.