Taxonomies, Ontologies and Semantic Web course 

This page contains syllabus, lecture slides, reading material, and exam for the course "Taxonomies, Ontologies and Semantic Web". Course code: MISM 516, MTech, International School of Information Management, Mysore, India.

For any questions or comments regarding the lecture or this web site, please contact  Rajendra Akerkar.

Course Syllabus

The Semantic Web represents a vision for how to make the huge amount of information on the Web automatically processable by machines on a large scale. It all started from here, The Semantic Web (Scientific American, May 2001), where the vision of the Semantic Web is formally described by Tim Berners-Lee. The course offers a comprehensive coverage of core standards and technical components of the Semantic Web, and can help you overcome the steep learning curve.

The course outline can be found here.

Project Topics

The project topics can be found here.

Presentation Topics

The student  presentation topics can be found here.


This will be 2 weeks course. Each class session will be of 1 hour 30 min. duration. Classes will comprise of lecture, hands-on-practice, discussion etc. Students will be encouraged to participate in class-discussion and will make at least one presentation during the course.

Each lecture has associated book reading, additional reading and reference material. Basic reading is required material for the course. Optional reading is more advanced reading which provides more insight in the topics. Finally, reference material consists of language references, which are useful for the practical day-to-day use of the languages.

Reading Material

  1. Rajendra Akerkar: Foundations of the Semantic Web, Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi and Alpha Science Intern., Oxford (2009). 978-1-84265-535-1. 
  2. Grigoris Antoniou and Frank van Harmelen: A Semantic Web Primer, Second Edition. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA (2008). ISBN 978-0-262-01242-3. 
  3. Manish Joshi, Harold Boley, Rajendra Akerkar (Eds.). Advances in Semantic Computing, e-Book, Technomathematics Research Foundation, 2010,
  4. Pascal Hitzler, Markus Krötzsch, and Sebastian Rudolph: Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies,  CRC Press/Chapman and Hall (2009). ISBN: 142009050X
  5. D. Allemang and J. Hendler: Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist. Morgan Kaufmann (2008).
  1. The Protégé Ontology Editor (version 4.1 beta) can be downloaded from
  2. SWOOP is an open-source editor with built-in access to the Pellet reasoner
  3. Jena,  a Java framework for RDF and OWL. Includes RDF and OWL APIs, and the ability to read/write RDF/XML into these APIs

Additional Reading

Reference Material


Details about the end of semester exam will be available here.

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