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[p4-feedback] Introduction to Ontologies in OWL Tutorial, University of Manchester, May 19/20

Simon Jupp simon.jupp at
Wed Apr 22 05:28:47 PDT 2009

Writing Ontologies in the Web Ontology Language (OWL)

The BioHealth Informatics group at the University of Manchester and  
NIBHI are pleased to invite you to participate in their  
internationally renowned OWL Ontology tutorials.

It is to be hosted at the University of Manchester on 19 and 20 May  

This two-day introductory ‘hands-on’ workshop aims to provide  
attendees with both the theoretical foundations and practical  
experience to begin building OWL ontologies using the latest version  
of the Protégé-OWL tools (Protege4).  It is based on Manchester's well- 
known "Pizza tutorial" (see

This tutorial will cover the main conceptual parts of OWL through the  
hands-on building of an ontology of pizzas and their ingredients. A  
series of exercises take attendees through the process of  
conceptualizing the toppings found on a pizza; the entry of this  
classification into the Protégé environment; the description of many  
types of pizza. All this is set in the context of using automatic  
reasoning to check the consistency of the growing ontology and to use  
the reasoner to make queries about pizzas. Since 2003 this tutorial,  
in various forms, has been given over 20 times and been attended by  
hundreds of budding ontologists.

The aims of this tutorial are to:
- understand the use of ontologies
- understand statements written in OWL;
- understand the role of automatic reasoning in ontology building;
- build an ontology and use a reasoner to draw inferences based on  
that ontology;
- gain experience in the Protégé 4 ontology building environment;
- gain insight into how OWL can play a role in semantic metadata.


Mr Simon Jupp is a Research Associate in the BioHealth Informatics  
group in the School of Computer Science in the University of  
Manchester. His main research areas include Semantic Web technologies  
and their application to the life sciences. Simon has a background in  
Biology, Bioinformatics and Computer Science.

Dr. Georgina Moulton is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Northwest  
Institute of BioHealth Informatics  (NIBHI). She develops and presents  
training and Continued Professional Development courses to national  
and international researchers from a range of disciplines.  Georgina  
has a background in Bioinformatics and Biochemistry.

Dr. Robert Stevens is a Senior Lecturer in the BioHealth Informatics  
group in the School of Computer Science in the University of  
Manchester. His main research areas are in the development and use of  
description logic ontologies to facilitate the analysis of biological  
data. Robert has a background in Bioinformatics, Computer Science and  

Registration and Further Information

To register and further information for advertised tutorials, please  
visit the CO-ODE website at:

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