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[p4-feedback] Introduction to OWL tutorial 11th/12th November

Simon Jupp simon.jupp at
Wed Oct 14 08:57:46 PDT 2009

Introduction to Implementing Ontologies in the Web Ontology Language  

BioHealth Informatics group at the University of Manchester in  
partnership with NWeHealth 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 11 and 12  
November 2009.


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.


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 Ontologies, Semantic Web technologies and  
their application to the life sciences.

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.

Registration and Further Information

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

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