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Semantic Technologies

CETIS activities in the domain of semantic technologies currently focus on the potential benefits and affordances of these technologies to the teaching and learning sector. Given that semantic technologies have the unique ability to dynamically describe complex and evolving concepts, resources and relationship one would expect these technologies to be highly applicable to the domain of teaching and learning. To date however semantic technologies have not been widely employed to support the process and practice of teaching and learning. CETIS aims to identify applications of semantic technology within the teaching and learning domain, explore the educational potential of emergent technologies such as linked data and inform JISC and the UK F/HE community of potentially relevant developments in this field.

This work relates to the Learning Resources and Activities area of the JISC eLearning Programme.


12 Mar 2014 Simon Grant
(A contribution to Open Education Week — see note at end.) What is the need? Imagine what could happen if we had a really good sets of usable open learning outcomes, across academic subjects, occupations and professions. It would be easy to express and then trace the relationships between any learning outcomes. To start with, […]
Portfolio Competences Open Educational Resources Semantic Technologies
15 Jan 2014 Phil Barker
Even in the knowledge that current mainstream EPUB readers and applications for managing eBooks will most likely ignore all but the most trivial metadata, we still have use cases that involve more sophisticate metadata. For example we would like to use the LRMI alignment object in to say that a particular subsection of a […]
Metadata Packaged Content Semantic Technologies Resource Description and Discovery
13 Dec 2013 Simon Grant
Over the last few months I’ve been exploring and detailing a provisional binding of the InLOC spec to JSON-LD (spec; site). My conclusion is that JSON is better matched to linked data than XML is, if you understand how to structure JSON in the JSON-LD way. Here are my reflections, which I hope add something […]
Semantic Technologies Standards
24 Jul 2013 Phil Barker
A while back I summarised the input about semantics and academic coding that Lorna and I had made on behalf of Cetis for a study on possible reforms to JACS, the Joint Academic Coding System. That study has now been published. JACS is mainatained by HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Agency) and UCAS (Universities and […]
Semantic Technologies Resource Description and Discovery
24 Apr 2013 Phil Barker
The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative aimed to help people discover useful learning resources by adding to the ontology properties to describe educational characteristics of creative works. Well, as of the release of schema draft version 1.0a a couple of weeks ago, the LRMI properties are in the official ontology. represents two things: […]
Semantic Technologies Resource Description and Discovery

Semantic Technologies Events

Past Events

JISC CETIS Conference 2010
Date: 15 Nov 2010 to 16 Nov 2010
JISC CETIS Conference 2009
Date: 10 Nov 2009 to 11 Nov 2009
JISC CETIS Conference 2007
Date: 20 Nov 2007 to 21 Nov 2007

Semantic Technologies Resources

The Semantic Web, Linked and Open Data briefing paper
Date: Jul 2010
A briefing paper by Lorna M. Campbell and Sheila MacNeill introducing the concepts of the Semantic Web, Semantic Technologies, Linked and Open Data.
Semantic Technology Presentations
Date: Oct 2009
Presentations on Slideshare from the Semantic Technologies Session at the 2007 CETIS Conference.
Semantic Technology Resources from CETIS Conference 2007
Date: Nov 2007
Resources and position papers from the Semantic Technologies Session at the 2007 CETIS Conference.

Semantic Technologies Publications

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