Yliopiston etusivulle Suomeksi
Helsingin yliopisto
ikk332: Ontologies - Spring 2008


Yleisen kielitieteen laitos
PL 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 20 A)
00014 Helsingin yliopisto

Puhelinvaihde +358 (09) 1911
Faksi +358 (09) 191 29307

Course Description

This course is a dive into ontology - the theory of objects and their ties. We will familiarize ourselves with the most focal ontology standards and apply then to semantics and terminology. The course is of advanced level and worth 3 credits (op), or 1,5 study weeks (ov).

The course is taught in English as of the second lecture.


Course Assistant

Place and Time

  • The course is held during period III on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 pm. The first lecture is on 15 January 2008 and the last one on 26 February, which totals to seven lectures.
  • The deadline for returning the course assignment is on 25 March.
  • The course has a tutoring time with the Course Assistant every Monday from 4 to 6 pm, starting February 4. The Course Assistant will be glad to help you with any problems and questions conserning the course contents and assignments.
  • Teaching takes place at the Unix class of the Faculty of General Linguistics at Siltavuorenpenger 20 A, 3rd floor.

Course Completion

  • As a default the course is completed by handing in the exercises (which are a handful in number) and completing a final assignment.
  • The course can also be completed as distance learning by (1) attending the lectures through the web in real time or (2) following recordings taken of the lectures. As a distance participant enrol on the course as usual.


  • Enrol to the course at University of Helsinki's WebOodi.
  • The course is probably easiest to find using the course number 401277.
  • Enrolment ends on Thursday, 31 January at 20 pm.

Course Material and Collaboration Platforms

  • The course material and exercises will be available at the Moodle course platform. As a distance participant you may obtain the key to the platform from the course assistant. the exercises are also handed in through Moodle.
  • Students may discuss the topic in Moodle and share material at the course's KitWiki page, which also includes a set of reading and tutorials.


The course has no specific prerequisites, though the study of ontology and XML techniques do strongly support one another.


  • Sowa, John F., Knowledge Representation: Logical, Philosophical, and Computational. Foundations, Brooks Cole Publishing Co.
  • Staab, S. & Studer, R. (eds.) Handbook on Ontologies. Springer Series on Handbooks in Information Systems (in press).