Semantic Web for SMEs



Publishing computer readable information on the Semantic Web


A guide for SMEs in the environmental sector


Semantic Web for SMEs

Description of the course

The course explains what the Semantic Web is, and how the Semantic Web can be used by SMEs at low cost. The course describes the basic technologies, which are:

  • identification of things by URIs (covered in detail by the course Web publishing for SMEs);
  • the RDF (Resource Description Framework), which is an approach to making computer interpretable statements;
  • writing down RDF statements using XML or N3 (Notation 3);
  • the use of reference data libraries (covered in detail by the course Reference data for SMEs);


  1. Layers of the Semantic Web: an overview of all the basic technologies and how they fit together

  2. Use of RDF: the use of RDF described by means of simple examples

  3. A simple case study: a demonstration of the use of RDF to advertise products and services by SMEs, and the use of RDF to select products and services

  4. Semantic Web implementation and tools: a introduction to Semantic Web implementation methods and tools, followed by a workshop

Beneficiaries of the course

Items (1), (2) and (3) of the course is aimed at all those those concerned with e-business within the environmental sector. This part of the course deals with the possiblities of the Semantic Web, and is equally relevant to those specifying the business practice and those implementing it by constructing websites.

Item (4) is concerned with implementation and is aimed at those who are involved in website development and associated software.

Length of time

about 3 hours for items (1), (2) and (3)
about 3 hours for item (4)



David Leal


CAESAR Systems Limited
29, Somertrees Avenue, London, SE12 0BS (UK)


+44 20 8857 1095







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