Research Topics in Semantic Information Systems



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The course provides the theoretical and technological foundations for developing and evolving information systems that are driven by semantic models, such as ontologies and vocabularies and that leverage big open data sets. The course also gives the academic background for supervised research on information systems that are based on semantic models. The course reviews and discusses topical theories, technologies and standards for information systems that are based on or driven by knowledge graphs and ontologies. The course also involves actual development work using selected technologies and standards, and it covers a selection of closely related topics such as big open data, semantic Internet of Things (IoT), semantic social media, semantic web services and workflows, and semantic interoperability. Examples of research and research methods in the area will also be presented and discussed.


A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • understands central concepts in semantic information systems
  • understands central concepts of knowledge graphs and ontologies
  • understands how the theories, technologies and standards are used to solve practical problems
  • know about topical research methods used in the area


The student

  • can describe and discuss current research and industry trends in semantic information systems and relevant semantic modelling techniques
  • can describe and discuss a selection of related topics such as big open data, semantic Internet of Things (IoT), semantic social media, semantic web services and workflows, and semantic interoperability
  • can use the theories, technologies and standards to solve real problems and to justify the choices behind the solution

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Studienivå (studiesyklus)



Krav til forkunnskapar
Bachelor's degree in information science or equivalent.
Tilrådde forkunnskapar
Krav til studierett
Master's Programme in Information Science. Other master students may apply for admission.
Arbeids- og undervisningsformer
Lectures, and work with assignments, presentations and discussions.
Obligatorisk undervisningsaktivitet
  • Participation at 80% of course seminars. 
  • Plenary presentations of individual essay and group assignment.
  • Vurderingsformer

    Exam in three parts:

    • Written exam (30%)
    • Individual, theoretical essay with thoughtful research and discussion of an assigned topic (30%)
    • Practical assignment in groups (40%)

    The exam assignment will be given in the language of instruction in the course.
    The exam answer must be submitted in the same language as the exam assignment.

    The grading system has a descending scale from A to E for passes and F for fail.

    Assessment in teaching semester.

    A retake exam is arranged for students with valid absence according to § 5-5. If there is a retake exam, this will be available for students with the follow results/absences:

    • Medical certificate/valid absence
    • Interruption during the exam
    • Fail/failed

    If you have the right to take a retake exam and a retake exam is arranged for students with valid absences, you can sign up yourself in Studentweb after January 15/August 1.

    The reading list will be published on July 1st  / December 1st
    Alle emne blir evaluert i tråd med UiBs kvalitetssystem for utdanning.
    The Information Science Programme Committee is responsible for the professional content and structure of the study program and for the quality of the study program and all courses there.
    Administrativt ansvarleg
    Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.