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ICT23M3 Semantic and Social Web

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Module name:

Semantic and Social Web

Scope and form:

Duration (weeks; Hours/week):

13 weeks, 4h/week

Type of assessment:

During the semester students must solve a project for which they can obtain a maximum of 30 points, and a test to obtain a maximum of 10 points. From the project, as well as from the test they must obtain at least half. The project is presented orally in a group. To grant the credits it is necessary to get at least 21 points. The maximum number of points students can obtain during the semester is 40 points. The final exam consists of three modules: an example, a test and a theoretical module. For each module, students can obtain maximally 20 points, 60 points in total.  Students must obtain at least 10 points in each module. The resulting assessment is then calculated based on the ECTS credit system.

Qualified Prerequisites:


General module objectives:

The objective of the module are as follows: to the basic concepts of the social semantic web, to learn the basics for the social web, to learn the fundamentals of the semantic web, to describe the main mathematical terms of social networks and to describe the possibilities of a future social semantic web.

Topics and short description:

Overview: What's the Social Web? What's the Semantic Web?, Convergence, Introducing the Social Semantic Web (SSW).
Social Web: characteristics, tools, weblogs, microblogs, folksonomies, Wikis, mobile social web.
Social Networks: overview, basic parameters and metrics, relevant network topologies.
The Semantic Web: Ontologies, Resource Description Framework (RDF), RDF Schema, the Web Ontology Language (OWL), Rule Interchange Format (RIF), multimedia sharing using semantics.
Towards a Social Semantic Web: possibilities of the SSW, Privacy and identity on the SSW, mobile applications in a SSW, a vision of a SSW.

Learning outcomes:




Fundamentals for the Social Web

Able to understand the main characteristics of the Social Web

Students must understand what are the basics and the tools that characterize the social web

Basic knowledge about Social Networks

Able to understand the basic characteristics of different social networks and its relevant parameters

Students must be able to manage complex network tools  (like Pajek or Gephi) to analyze the characteristics of social networks

Fundamental of the Semantic Web

Able to understand and to use Semantic web techniques

Students must be able to use semantic web languages like RDF, RDF Schema or OWL

Potential and Possibilities of a Social Semantic Web

Be able to take advantage of a social semantic web possibilities

Students must integrate the knowledge learn to the course to explore new possibilities for the Future Web

Recommended literature:

Main reference:  Breslin, John, Passant, Alexandre, Decker, Stefan. The Social Semantic Web. Springer-Verlag, 2009.
Complementary reference: Mika, Peter. Social Networks and the Semantic Web. Semantic Web and Beyond. Springer-Verlag, 2007.