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Semantic Technologies for Teaching          and Learning     Katy Jordan, Learning Development       Center, City Universi...
The Ensemble Project• ‘Semantic technologies for the enhancement ofcase-based learning in higher education’• October 2008 ...
The Semantic Web• Vision set out by Tim Berners-Lee: “a web of datathat can be processed directly and indirectly bymachine...
1. Separate data and presentation
2. Structured dataMiss Katy Jordan works at City University, London where she works on theEnsemble Project. Her homepage i...
Life with the Semantic Web“At the doctors office, Lucy instructed her SemanticWeb agent through her handheld Web browser. ...
Moving towards a data-driven web
Semantic web, Semantic technologiesSemantic technologies use principles from the SWvision, such as:    • Aggregation of he...
Semantic technologies in education:                      Reading listshttp://tinyurl.com/plantsreading
Semantic technologies in education:        Reading lists – ‘under the bonnet’• To begin with, references were just listed ...
Semantic technologies in education: Maths                  for Engineershttp://groups.tlrp.org/access/content/group/e14f08...
Semantic technologies in education: Plant                    Distributionhttp://tinyurl.com/rareplants
Semantic technologies in education: Plant           Evolution Timeline
Semantic technologies in education: Law    Programme Overview Browser
Semantic technologies in education:               What’s next?• These are all examples of what can be achieved by  practit...
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An introduction to the Semantic Web and Semantic Technologies for Learning and Teaching

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Jordan, K. (2011) An introduction to the Semantic Web and Semantic Technologies for Learning and Teaching. Lunchtime seminar presentation at City University, London, 15th February 2011.

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An introduction to the Semantic Web and Semantic Technologies for Learning and Teaching

  1. 1. Semantic Technologies for Teaching and Learning Katy Jordan, Learning Development Center, City University, London Email: katy.jordan.1@city.ac.uk
  2. 2. The Ensemble Project• ‘Semantic technologies for the enhancement ofcase-based learning in higher education’• October 2008 to 2011• Six UK Universities (Liverpool JohnMoores, Cambridge, City, UEA, Stirling, Essex) andtwo international partners (MIT and UT Sydney)• Project website: www.ensemble.ac.uk
  3. 3. The Semantic Web• Vision set out by Tim Berners-Lee: “a web of datathat can be processed directly and indirectly bymachines.”• Gained popularity in 2001 Scientific American article• Underpinning principles: • data being independent from presentation • structured data1 Berners-Lee, T., Hendler, J. &Lassila, O. (2001) "The Semantic Web". Scientific AmericanMagazine. http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-semantic-web&print=true
  4. 4. 1. Separate data and presentation
  5. 5. 2. Structured dataMiss Katy Jordan works at City University, London where she works on theEnsemble Project. Her homepage is www.katyjordan.com .<rdf:RDFxmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#”xmlns:foaf=http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/><foaf:Personrdf::about=“http://www.katyjordan.com”><foaf:name>Katy Jordan</foaf:name><foaf:title>Miss</foaf:title><foaf:workplaceHomepage>http://www.city.ac.uk</foaf:workplaceHomepage><foaf:currentProject>Ensemble</foaf:currentProject></foaf:Person></rdf:Description></rdf:RDF>
  6. 6. Life with the Semantic Web“At the doctors office, Lucy instructed her SemanticWeb agent through her handheld Web browser. Theagent promptly retrieved information about Momsprescribed treatment from the doctors agent, lookedup several lists of providers, and checked for the onesin-plan for Moms insurance within a 20-mile radius ofher home and with a rating of excellent or very goodon trusted rating services. It then began trying to finda match between available appointment timessupplied by the agents …” Berners-Lee et al, 2001
  7. 7. Moving towards a data-driven web
  8. 8. Semantic web, Semantic technologiesSemantic technologies use principles from the SWvision, such as: • Aggregation of heterogeneous datasets • Visualisations •Ontologies, taxonomies, vocabularies • Artificial intelligence E.g. SIMILE Toolkit (Semantic Interoperability of Metadata and Information in unLike Environments)
  9. 9. Semantic technologies in education: Reading listshttp://tinyurl.com/plantsreading
  10. 10. Semantic technologies in education: Reading lists – ‘under the bonnet’• To begin with, references were just listed at the end of eachlecture handout (PDF)• The references were collected into a single spreadsheet• This was converted to JSON using Babel• Then, data hooked into an Exhibit page
  11. 11. Semantic technologies in education: Maths for Engineershttp://groups.tlrp.org/access/content/group/e14f080b-4954-4c3b-80ae-
  12. 12. Semantic technologies in education: Plant Distributionhttp://tinyurl.com/rareplants
  13. 13. Semantic technologies in education: Plant Evolution Timeline
  14. 14. Semantic technologies in education: Law Programme Overview Browser
  15. 15. Semantic technologies in education: What’s next?• These are all examples of what can be achieved by practitioners with existing structured data• We want you! (And your spreadsheets!)• We will set up a community in Moodle soon to include examples, ‘how to’ guides and a forum to help you create your own semantic applications

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