Title: Milestones and requirements for introducing semantic web concepts in information systems programmes

Authors: Miguel-Angel Sicilia, Miltiadis D. Lytras

Addresses: Computer Science Department, University of Alcala, Ctra. Barcelona, km. 33.6, 28871 Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain. ' Department of Management Science and Technology, ELTRUN – The Research Center, Athens University of Economics and Business, 47A Evelpidon Str., 113 62 Athens, Greece

Abstract: The Semantic Web as a vision for a machine-readable, metadata-intensive Web has resulted in an evolving collection of technologies and tools that deserve attention from the viewpoint of education. Nonetheless, existing approaches to curriculum design for this topic that emphasise on knowledge representation or technical issues should be complemented with an organisational vision that focuses on the value provided by Semantic Web infrastructure as a corporate asset and also by Semantic Web tools built on top of it. This paper addresses the conceptual framework that justifies Semantic Web technology in the context of information systems (IS), and provides an account of some of the main requirements and milestones needed to integrate the Semantic Web as a topic in IS programmes. Concretely, an existing IS model curricula is used to provide some tentative guidelines for such integration.

Keywords: information systems education; information system values; ontologies; semantic web; curriculum design; information management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIOME.2006.009719

International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, 2006 Vol.1 No.3, pp.281 - 294

Available online: 07 May 2006

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