IKS Lecture Series: “Semantic Content Management Systems”

The Interactive Knowledge Stack (IKS) for Content Management System is now available as methodologies, reference models, software components and demos. In order to transfer this know-how to students we have created a set of training materials, that is based on the achievements of IKS. The training material consists of slide sets introducing relevant topics, demos and exercises. The material is available from IKS wiki. It can be used as an “out-of-the-box” course by following the given curriculum or self-contained to be integrated into existing curricula.

IKS Lecture Series

The overall topic of the course is termed “Semantic Content Management Systems”. The first topic is Content Management, which introduces the theme CMS and the shortcomings of “traditional” CMS.

The second topic deals with the theme Semantic Web. Semantics are introduced as a concept in computer science. Based on this, Tim Berners-Lees’ vision of “The Semantic Web” is explained and the underlying architectural and technological foundations are introduced. Linked Data as an additional concept by Tim Berners-Lee, for the linking of data in the WWW, e.g by RDF, is also introduced.

These topics are introduced according to the four levels of Semantic Content Management that are in the focus of the IKS project. According to the four layers of the IKS Stack, we describe;

  • “Storing and Accessing of Semantic Data”, i.e. the way meta data (knowledge) is stored and queryed,
  • Standards and techniques for the extraction of semantic data from content (semantic lifting)
  • design of complex knowledge domains and reasoning, and finally
  • presentation of knowledge to the user and the new approaches for interacting with semantically enhanced content.

Alongside the specification of semantic content, an important focus of the IKS project is the investigation of Methodologies for Developing Semantic CMS. A requirements  process for semantic CMS is taught as well as a reference architecture that can be used to build a semantic CMS from scratch or to conceptually semantify a “traditional” CMS. The actual extension of traditional CMS, e.g. by IKS services is also explained. Extending the general understanding of CMS as software systems, we introduce a case study of an intelligent bathroom. Using this case study, a design methodology for knowledge-supported ubiquitous information systems is presented.

The curriculum including the described topics is illustrated in the figure below.

Adoption of Training Material

The University of Paderborn, Saarland University and Furtwangen University have adopted the training material for master level curricula. If you want to adopt the training material in your course, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need assistance!

Author: Wernher

Wernher Behrendt is senior researcher at Salzburg Research and the coordinator of the IKS project

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