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Semantic Technologies with OWLIM is aimed at people who use or intend to use semantic technologies for data management, publishing, content analysis, data integration and warehousing. Our condensed, one-day course is intended to accommodate participants with a wide range of interests and backgrounds, but assumes some knowledge of semantic technologies, such as the material covered in the preceding free training event at London SemWeb Meetup 2013.

Follow these links for more information about the agenda and the trainer, dates, locations and prices and how to register online.

Some Background and Brief Course Description

The condensed Semantic Technologies with OWLIM is a 1-day course that offers practical instruction for implementing solutions using the OWLIM semantic repository and for integrating with applications.

RDF databases represent a next-generation database management technology. While relational databases deal with tables, i.e. n-ary relationships, RDF uses a graph data model and is designed to be the data format for the Semantic Web (Web 3.0) – a world wide web of structured data that allows structured queries over datasets published on different servers. By analogy, RDF databases provide for Web 3.0 the same role that HTTP servers have for the World Wide Web.

RDF databases are widely used for data integration and data warehousing by enterprises, providing massive efficiency improvement when data from multiple sources, sparse data and evolving schemata are involved. RDF database engines combine the robustness of relational DBMS with the 'smartness' of Datalog and the flexibility of column-stores.

Ontotext is the developer of OWLIM that is globally recognised as one of the most robust, scalable and efficient RDF databases. Since 2010 OWLIM has been used by the BBC, as a replacement for one of the most popular relational DBMS, in the dynamic semantic publishing stack for Sport content. The OWLIM-driven World Cup 2010 website was recognized as the "... the first large scale, mass media site to be using concept extraction, RDF and a Triple store to deliver content" and OWLIM has been similarly used in the BBC's and Press Association's Olympics 2012 coverage. Apart from the publishing sector, other users of OWLIM are from the pharmaceutical, telecoms and government sectors.

Course Prerequisites

A basic understanding of Semantic Technologies, i.e. W3C semantic web standards (RDF, OWL and SPARQL), is assumed. The participants may already have this background, but the appropriate material will be covered in the free training event at SemTech the prior evening (all participants are invited to attend).

NOTE: Participants should bring their own lap tops, ideally with Java 1.6 JDK and Tomcat 6 pre-installed.

Key skills acquired

By the end of the Semantic Technologies with OWLIM training course you will be able to:

  • Build applications that use semantic technologies
  • Install and configure OWLIM
  • Create and optimise queries over RDF data

Custom Training

The full 3-day Semantic Technologies with OWLIM course can be tailored to suit your specific needs. This approach is more efficient and definitely more cost-effective if you have a number of people who require this training. You choose where and when you want our trainer to deliver.

For further information contact our training team at

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