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openHPI: Already 3,000 Registrations for Open Online Course “Semantic Web”

January 28, 2013

POTSDAM, Germany, January 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) reports high interest worldwide in the latest online
course at its new open online Internet educational platform http://www.openhpi.de.
Already more than 3,000 have signed up for the third course starting on February 4th. The
course, which will guide participants through the Semantic Web, is free of charge.
Registration is still possible. Those who successfully complete the course will be
rewarded with a certificate from HPI.

“The conventional Internet search reaches the limits of its power when the computer is
expected to correctly interpret the meaning of information and not simply a character
string. How the information expressed in natural language is extended in the so-called
Semantic Web to enable a machine-readable interpretation of its meaning – semantics – is
what we would like to show course participates”, said course instructor Dr. Harald Sack,
senior researcher in the HPI research group Internet Technologies and Systems.

“Semantic web technologies enable the retrieval of information and the search for it
in a more precise and comprehensive way,” Sack added. “Previously scattered and
heterogeneous data can be mapped based on formal common knowledge – ontologies – and thus
combined together,” said the Potsdam scientist.

The course will initially deal with the basic architecture of the Semantic Web and
then focus on the representation of knowledge and logic. Subsequently, the fundamentals of
description logics and the Web Ontology Language (OWL) based on it are examined. Finally,
applications in the “Web of Data” will be treated. Key terms include: ontological
engineering, knowledge discovery, linked data and semantic search. According to HPI, for
successful participation it is necessary to have a basic knowledge of the principles of
logic, an understanding of Internet technologies and a fundamental knowledge of database
technologies.

The Institute launched http://www.openhpi.de in September 2012 with a course
conducted by HPI founder Prof. Hasso Plattner in English. A total of 13,000 enrolled in
the course on the new In-Memory database technology. 2,132 participants received a
certificate upon successfully passing the final exam at the end of October. The second
online course, taught by HPI director Prof. Christoph Meinel, was offered in German and
covered the technological functionality of the Internet. There were 10,000 who signed up
for the course. At the beginning of the year, 1,662 participants received a certificate
attesting to their successful completion.

openHPI: Modeled on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

The new Internet educational platform http://www.openhpi.de at Hasso Plattner
Institute for Software Systems Engineering at the University of Potsdam (HPI) offers free,
open-access online courses to many participants. Course content focuses on issues
concerning information technology and computer science. openHPI follows the model of
“Massive Open Online Courses” as they were first offered at Stanford University and then
later at other elite universities in the United States. In contrast to traditional lecture
portals, courses at http://www.openhpi.de follow a fixed two month time frame. A
course is composed of a defined range of offers such as teaching videos, self-tests,
regular homework and exam questions. These offers are combined with a social platform
where participants can exchange experience with other participants as well as with course
supervisors. Here, they can also clarify questions and discuss further topics. The
participants themselves decide on the nature and scope of their activities. They can make
their own contributions to the course, for example in blog posts or tweets, which they can
refer to in the forum. Other learners then have the chance to make a comment, discuss or
expand on what has been said.

In this way, learners, teachers and content become linked with each other in a social
learning network.

Profile of Hasso Plattner Institute

The Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering GmbH (HPI) in Potsdam is
Germany’s university excellence center for IT Systems Engineering. It is the only
university institution in Germany offering bachelor and master programs in “IT Systems
Engineering” – a practical and engineering-oriented course of studies in computer science,
in which currently 450 students are enrolled. The HPI School of Design Thinking is
Europe’s first innovation school and is based on the Stanford model of the d.school. It
offers 120 places for a supplementary study. There are a total of ten HPI professors and a
further 50 guest professors, lecturers and contract teachers at the Institute. HPI carries
out research noted for its standard of excellence in its nine topic areas, as well as at
the HPI Research School for PhD candidates, with its research branches in Cape Town, Haifa
and Nanjing. HPI teaching and research focuses on the foundation and application of
large-scale, highly complex and interconnected IT systems. The development and exploration
of user-driven innovations for all areas of life is an additional area of importance. HPI
always earns the highest positions in the CHE university ranking.

Press contact HPI: presse@hpi.uni-potsdam.de

Hans-Joachim Allgaier, M.A., Spokesman, Tel.: +49-331-55-09-119, Mobile:
+49-179-267-54-66, e-mail allgaier@hpi.uni-potsdam.de; Rosina Geiger, Press and Public
Relations Officer, Tel.: +49-331-55-09-175, e-mail: rosina.geiger@hpi.uni-potsdam.de

SOURCE Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering GmbH (HPI)


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