David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

University of Waterloo

CS 848—Winter 2015

Advanced Topics in Data Bases:
Data Access on the WEB: Topics on RDF, SPARQL 1.1 and OWL 2

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Course Outline

Presentation Schedule

Review Material and List of Papers

Paper Summaries

Presentation Information

Project Information

University Policies on Academic Integrity


Grant Weddell
Office: DC 3327
E-mail: gweddell@uwaterloo.ca

Course Description

The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a collection of W3C standards for publishing machine readable information on the web in the form of subject/property/object triples. This is a course on how an integration of information is accommodated by these standards. There is a particular focus on three topics: RDF storage engines, Ontology-Based Data Access (OBDA) and SPARQL query optimization and evaluation. The course is structured as a series of seminars consisting of presentations by the instructor, invited presentations by guest speakers and paper presentations by the students. Part of the course requires students to undertake a project, either individually or in groups of two students.

Workload and Evaluation

The large part of the course consists of paper presentations given by students. The last two weeks, however, are devoted to project presentations. You are expected to:

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:


A basic background in database systems is desirable.

University Policies on Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity: In order to maintain a culture of academic integrity, members of the University of Waterloo community are expected to promote honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. All members of the UW community are expected to hold to the highest standard of academic integrity in their studies, teaching, and research. The Office of Academic Integrity's website (http://www.uwaterloo.ca/academicintegrity) contains detailed information on UW policy for students and faculty. This site explains why academic integrity is important and how students can avoid academic misconduct. It also identifies resources available on campus for students and faculty to help achieve academic integrity in – and out – of the classroom.

Grievance: A student who believes that a decision affecting some aspect of his/her university life has been unfair or unreasonable may have grounds for initiating a grievance. Read Policy 70 - Student Petitions and Grievances, Section 4, http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/Policies/policy70.htm

Discipline: A student is expected to know what constitutes academic integrity, to avoid committing academic offenses, and to take responsibility for his/her actions. A student who is unsure whether an action constitutes an offense, or who needs help in learning how to avoid offenses (e.g., plagiarism, cheating) or about rules for group work/collaboration should seek guidance from the course professor, academic advisor, or the Undergraduate Associate Dean. When misconduct has been found to have occurred, disciplinary penalties will be imposed under Policy - Student Discipline. For information on categories of offenses and types of penalties, students should refer to Policy 71 - Student Discipline, http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/Policies/policy71.htm

Avoiding Academic Offenses:  Most students are unaware of the line between acceptable and unacceptable academic behaviour, especially when discussing assignments with classmates and using the work of other students. For information on commonly misunderstood academic offenses and how to avoid them, students should refer to the Faculty of Mathematics Cheating and Student Academic Discipline Policy, http://www.math.uwaterloo.ca/navigation/Current/cheating_policy.shtml

Appeals: A student may appeal the finding and/or penalty in a decision made under Policy 70 - Student Petitions and Grievances (other than regarding a petition) or Policy 71 - Student Discipline if a ground for an appeal can be established. Read Policy 72 - Student Appeals, http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/Policies/policy72.htm

Note for Students with Disabilities

The Office for Persons with Disabilities (OPD), located in Needles Hall, Room 1132, collaborates with all academic departments to arrange appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities without compromising the academic integrity of the curriculum. If you require academic accommodations to lessen the impact of your disability, please register with the OPD at the beginning of each academic term.