The Hasso Plattner Institute is offering a free course in English introducing the Semantic Web. The article states, “The conventional Internet search reaches the limits of its power when the computer is expected to correctly interpret the meaning of information and not simply a character string. How the information expressed in natural language is extended in the so-called Semantic Web to enable a machine-readable interpretation of its meaning (semantics) is shown in the new open online course starting February 4th at http://www.openhpi.de. Registration for this free Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) course is now open. This third course in the new Internet educational platform, launched in September 2012, lasts six weeks and is being held in English. Those who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate from the HPI.”

The article continues, “Course instructor is Dr. Harald Sack , senior researcher in the HPI research group Internet Technologies and Systems. According to the Potsdam scientist, ‘semantic web technologies enable the retrieval of information and the search for it in a more precise and comprehensive way.’ Previously scattered and heterogeneous data can be mapped based on formal knowledge representations (ontologies) and thus combined together, said Sack.”

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