Protégé Tutorial Schedule

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What follows is a detailed schedule of the two-day Protégé Tutorial to be held in the University at Buffalo on August 11-12, 2012.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Example OWL File
Monology Ontology (1)
8:30-9:00am       Registration
Video of Morning Session
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9:00-9:30am       Introduction to Ontology (Barry Smith)
9:30-10:30am     Introduction to RDF and RDFS (Ron Rudnicki)
10:30-10:45am   Break
10:45-12:30pm   Introduction to OWL (RR)
12:30-1:30pm     Lunch
1:30-3:00pm       Developing an Ontology in Protégé OWL - Classes and Properties (RR)
3:00-3:15pm       Break
3:15-5:00pm       Developing an Ontology in Protégé OWL - Axioms and Restrictions (RR)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Example OWL files
Monopology Ontology (2)
Monopology Game
9:00-10:00am       Protégé Tips and Plugins (RR)
10:00-10:30am    SPARQL Query Language for RDF (RR)
10:30-10:45am    Break
10:45-12:15pm    SPARQL Query Language for RDF (RR)
12:15-1:15pm      Lunch
1:15-2:45pm        Other OWL Editors - TopBraid Composer (RR)
2:45-3:00pm        Break
3:00-5:00pm        Examples of ontology resources and how you can use them (see Scratchpad

The tutorial is designed for participants having little to no experience in creating ontologies using computers. The goal is to provide a sufficiently broad covering of OWL, Protégé, and other semantic web technologies so that participants can be immediately productive and have an understanding of the range of technologies that they build upon to support their own projects.

Day 1 will begin with an introduction to the theory and best practices of ontology development delivered by Barry Smith. Following this introduction will be a survey of the Web Ontology Language (OWL) that can be used to express the content of an ontology. The remainder of the day will turn to the more practical matter of using Protégé to write an ontology in OWL, including how to import terms from other ontologies using the MIREOT method. An example ontology will be created in this section of the course and participants will have the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in the use of Protégé.

Day 2 will demonstrate how to enhance the capabilities of the standard version of Protégé with plugins, including the use of OWL-reasoners and the SPARQL Query Language for RDF to expand and explore ontologies. The course will conclude with a comparison of Protégé with the Free Edition of TopBraid Composer ™ and a brief overview of common problems arising from the use of OWL to express an ontology.

It will familiarize participants with:

the use of the Protégé-OWL editor to create and maintain ontologies
enhancing Protégé with plugins
OWL reasoning and the use of the query language SPARQL

During the hands-on portion of the course, participants will learn how to navigate the latest version of the Protégé tool set, which supports the full OWL 2 standard.

Background Reading

A short but useful introductory tutorial on Protege-OWL can be found at Getting Started with Protege 4.
A more comprehensive treatment is provided in Matthew Horridge's Protege-OWL Tutorial.
Barry Smith's Ontology Page, including links to audio and video presentations, and a page containing introductory material on ontology.