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International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies
International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies


Special Issue on: “Teaching Semantic Web: Integration with CS/IS curriculum and Teaching Case Studies”

Guest Editors:
Martin Hepp, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Jorge Cardoso, Universidade da Madeira, Portugal
Miguel Angel Socilia, University of Alcala, Spain
Miltiadis Lytras, University of Patras, Greece

Semantic Web in the last few years has been one of the hot topics in the computer science and information systems research agenda. Research and the industrial launch of semantic web applications* has experienced a tremendous evolution. From this point of view, the need to integrate Semantic Web with the computer science and information system curriculum and to develop high quality teaching material for the semantic web is more than critical.

Within this context, Sicilia and Lytras (2006) provide a first attempt to give the general directions of this integration:

"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"

Sicilia MA, Lytras M. (2006). Milestones and requirements for introducing semantic web concepts in information systems programmes. International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education Vol. 1(3) pp. 281–294

* Note
Cardoso, Hepp and Lytras, are developing a seminal book, Real World Applications of Semantic Web Technology and Ontologies, for Springer with a publication date of mid-2007.

Subject Coverage
In this special issue, we have a clear strategy. We want to develop relevant knowledge and to promote fresh ideas for the integration of Semantic Web into CS and IS education. This is why this special issue is organised around two thematic areas:
  • Integration of Semantic Web with CS and IS curriculum
    • Strategic fit
    • Course descriptions
    • Didactic approaches for specific SW topics
    • Under/postgraduate considerations
  • Teaching case studies for the key issues of Semantic web
More specific topics on didactic approaches include, but are not limited to:
  • SW technological infrastructure, including description logics basics, ontology engineering and other technical tools
  • Infrastructures and support required for SW approaches inside organisations
  • Approaches to managing metadata annotation and shared ontology development and use
  • The specifics of each area of study or application in the context of IS
  • Systems and applications to support Semantic Web courses
  • Practical programming projects for Semantic Web courses
  • How Semantic Web can be integrated with traditional CS/IS courses
Types of submission:
  • Position articles [2500-4000 words]
  • Research articles [5000-6000 words]
  • Empirical surveys [3000-5000 words]
  • Teaching cases [5000-8000 words (with teaching guidelines)]

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates
Sharing ideas with Guest Editors on possible abstract contribution: ASAP

Manuscripts due by: 15 October 2006

Notification to authors: 15 November 2006

Final versions due by: 20 December 2006