Designing and Building Business Ontologies

Monday, 8 April 2019 9:00 AM - Thursday, 11 April 2019 4:30 PM EST

1132 Techwood Drive NW, Atlanta, GA, 30318-7814, United States

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Monday, 8 April 2019 9:00 AM - Thursday, 11 April 2019 4:30 PM EST

Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/Georgia Tech, 1132 Techwood Drive NW, Atlanta, GA, 30318-7814, United States.


This course is about learning how to think and design in semantics. You will learn what semantic technology is and why it is useful. We cover the essentials of syntax and how to use tools to implement semantics-based systems.

We have been continually evolving this course since the first offering over ten years ago.  We refine the way we present the material based on student feedback, adapt the materials based on the latest standards, technologies, and techniques, and add new case studies reflecting our client project experiences and other successful semantic deployments.

In this latest incarnation we have our traditional four-day format, which includes the right blend of lecture material about what semantic technology is and why it is useful, as well as practical hands-on experience building ontologies

Day 1) Introduction to Semantic Technology – What is it?

Key concepts overview, appropriate for those who:

  • May not be using the technology on a day-to-day basis
  • Want to understand how it works and its potential
  • Want to invite one colleague to the first day as a guest

Day 2) Working with Triples: Hands-on with Graph Databases, Triple Stores, & Queries

Hands-on learning by doing:

  • Graph database, URIs, triples
  • Representing knowledge in a triple store
  • RDF, SPARQL and the Linked Open Data Cloud

Day 3) Semantic Meta Data: Classes, Restrictions & the Open World

Covering a lot of ground:

  • How classes are similar but different than they are in traditional technology
  • How inference really works
  • What formal representation is all about
  • An introduction to Description Logics, the underpinning of OWL
  • The 20% of the OWL and RDFS spec that you will use on a day-to-day basis
  • The traps in the other 80%

Day 4) Ontology Design & Semantic Architecture

Putting it all together:

  • Pragmatic considerations of implementing the technology:
    • Ontology modularization, use of upper ontologies, methodology for enterprise ontology development
    • Semantic rules (what are they, when to use them)
    • How to incorporate taxonomies into an ontology design
    • How to use RDFShapesfor constraint management
  • An example of extracting data from a relational database using R2RML
  • How semantic technology plays a key part in the Data Centric Revolution

Semantic Arts, Inc.

Semantic Arts is a leading provider of enterprise ontology and semantic technology consulting services.

Contact the Organizer

Mark is a data architect and ontologist with over 30 years of enterprise information management experience in Fortune 100 companies, major state government agencies, and smaller enterprises maturing across the billion-dollar revenue threshold. He is a seasoned data strategy expert focused on driving business value through data leadership and enterprise information strategy development.

About Mark Ouska


Andrea Zachary has over ten years of experience evangelizing change in e-commerce, government, and aviation. She is an ontologist with experience in technical writing (MA in English; emphasis in technical communication), content and information management (master’s degree in Library and Information Science), as well as complementary interests in philosophy and linguistics.

About Andrea Zachary


Meika Ungricht has over fifteen years of experience working in data and information. She spent her undergraduate studies focused on music and linguistics and went on to earn a master's in library and information science, with an emphasis on metadata and information retrieval. She has over ten years of experience working at the enterprise level on semantic development projects.

About Meika Ungricht