The Semantic Web Boot Camp MIT IAP course is designed to get you up speed in making data available in RDF on the web. A practical course designed as a series of morning lectures with afternoon clinics to try things out.
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Home Pages for the Instructors/Lecturers
For some background materials on the Semantic Web, you might like to check out:
- The Semantic Web (Scientific American, 2001) an article that provides the "vision" of the Semantic Web.
- The W3C Semantic Web activity page which includes a number of articles and presentations by Tim Berners-Lee and others as well as pointers to all of the W3C SW recommendations (the documents defining the languages used on the Semantic Web) and much more.
- Jim Hendler's presentation page which has some talks about the Semantic Web from various perspectives over the past few years.
Some useful software/project descriptions/downloads of use in the course:
- The tabulator Project which is being developed at MIT for browsing/using Semantic Web data (and will be used in the course)
- The SWOOP Project which was developed at Maryland (now moved to Google Open-source Code Development) for browsing and editing RDFS and OWL ontologies.
- The Mspace browser developed at the University of Southampton to demonstrate an interface for viewing Semantic Web stores]
Some useful links
- the home page for the Maryland MINDSWAP group which is generated from an RDF database, uses OWL - people, papers,etc. are all being linked via RDF/URIs
- The N3 primer
- The N3 tutorial
- Turtle a (sort of like a) subset of N3
- Rdfconvert a web interface to a N3 - RDF/XML converter (not totally up to date)
- Architecture of the WWW (vol 1) General Web architecture background (W3C TAG)
- ESW wiki page on RDF converters
Some important "specifications" (formal or otherwise):
- RDF Schema
- The Web Ontology Language OWL
- SPARQL Protocol And RDF Query Language
- Friend of a Friend (FOAF) Ontology
- DOAP Description of a Project ontology
Some links to learning what is happening today on the Semantic Web: