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Ontology Engineering Class

Offered at RPI, Fall 2020




Ontology Engineering

Instructor: Professor Deborah McGuinness - dlm at cs dot rpi dot edu

Guest Lecturer: Ms. Elisa Kendall - ekendall at thematix dot com

Course Manager: Ms. Rebecca Cowan - cowanr at rpi dot edu

Course Listing: Ontologies, CSCI 6340, CSCI 4340

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Description: This course provides an introduction to ontologies, their uses, and an overview of their application in semantically enabled systems. Ontologies, with their declarative encodings of meaning, can be used to improve communications between people and can enable computer programs to function more effectively. They provide the foundation for clear and unambiguous interaction. Ontologies have become increasingly common on the web, and class participants will not only learn about the use of ontologies in web-based applications but how to evaluate ontologies for reuse in such applications. Participants will read relevant papers, learn how to critically review ontology papers as well as ontologies themselves, and will participate in at least one group project designing, using, and evaluating ontologies.

Goal: To learn how to build human and machine-interpretable definitions of concepts and their relationships for use in knowledge-driven applications and automated systems.



Recommended Books:

  1. Elisa Kendall and Deborah L. McGuinness. Ontology Engineering. Synthesis Lectures on the Semantic Web: Theory and Technology, ISBN: 9781681733081, Morgan & Claypool, 2019. (

  2. Allemang, D., & Hendler, J. Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist, Second Edition: Effective Modeling in RDFS and OWL. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Waltham, MA, 2011. [ISBN:978-0-12-385965-5] (

  3. Tom Heath and Christian Bizer (2011). Linked Data: Evolving the Web into a Global Data Space (1st edition). Synthesis Lectures on the Semantic Web: Theory and Technology, 1:1, 1-136. Morgan & Claypool.

  4. Franz Baader, Diego Calvanese, Deborah L. McGuinness, Daniele Nardi, and Peter F. Patel-Schneider, editors. The Description Logic Handbook: Theory, Implementation and Applications, Second Edition. Cambridge University Press, June 28, 2010. [ISBN: 978-0521150118].