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There are 131,535 data sets available at See . A metadata schema based on DCAT has been mandated for all government data, effective February 1st, 2015. See: . DCAT (Data Catalog Vocabulary) is an RDF-based recommendation from W3C. RDF (Resource Description Framework) is a fundamental building block in semantic web descriptions. Our goal this summer is to build expertise in effectively utilizing the new semantic-web enabled access to the federal data.

DIS and MS Theses Topics – Summer and Fall 2015

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Summer 2015 Course: Semantic Web Programming

A graduate course is scheduled for summer 2015 on combining the strengths of the semantic web and the Internet of Things. We plan to use Raspberry Pi systems to collect individual data, to integrate their data using the semantic web framework, and to analyze the same vis-a-vis federal data, with the intent to validate, identify outliers, etc. Here is the syllabus . The course will use both Python and Java.

Spring 2015 Course: Web 2.0 Architectures and Algorithms

Hi, I am teaching a graduate on-line course (with a live section) in Spring ’15: COT 6930 – Web 2.0 Architectures and Algorithms- Web 2.0 architectures, models and patterns; and algorithms for searching, ranking, recommending, social networking, clustering, and classification. The algorithms discussed are optimized for social networking issues such as information retrieval across various formats, indexing, link analysis, ranking, user click analysis, natural language processing, recommending, discovering user groups, link-based clustering, and rule-based data classification.  Practical examples of social web mining at Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Github will be covered. Use of semantic web to enhance the experience will be explored. Syllabus is attached here.

Update (May 2015): Students used Python for integrating social web data with federal government data to visualize social, demographic and environmental trends. They used interactive Python notebooks for literate programming (that combines documentation and code to enhance reproducibility of the code by others). Their work is found here: .

A senior seminar course was also offered in spring ’15 with the theme of social web APIs. Undergraduate tudents in groups of 2 presented information on APIs of various social web sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Github, etc. Students also covered social/ethical/business/political/ethical issues related to these social web site activities. Presentations can be found here:

DIS and MS Theses Topics: Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

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Semantic Web Course in Fall 2013

Hi, we just offered a tutorial on semantic web technologies at the IEEE Syscon conference. A FEEDS course is scheduled for Fall 2013 at the graduate (and senior undergraduate) level. The course syllabus and the slides from the conference may be found here: We wish to attract students from computer science and engineering, IT, operations management, mathematics, and linguistics to interact and develop some interesting applications.

Poster and Demo at the IEEE IRI 2012 Health Informatics Workshop in Las Vegas, NV, in Aug 2012

Sifat Islam, PhD candidate,  will make a presentation and demo on our integrated semantic-web based flow that uses open source tools and languages (Jena, Protege, OWL, Lucene, etc.,). Please find attached here the paperWebCrawler App, and the presentation slides.

Presentation to MTC (Mobile Technology Consortium)

Please click here for  the Prezi link to the MTC presentation. MTC is comprised of many small to large companies in S. Florida that are focused on mobile technology. This presentation was made by Dr. Shankar in collaboration with Mr. Sifat Islam, a PhD Student, and Mr. Glenn Freytag, President, Shilpico, Inc.

Student Work by Sifat Islam

Biomedical Informatics DiabetesType2 Power Point

Patient Empowerment for Chronic Diseases System

Student Blog Site:

Student Work by Glenn Freytag

Semantic Web Search App