OWL research at the University of Manchester

Joint research by members of the Information Management Group and the Bio-Health Informatics Group.

New Tutorial: Introduction to Implementing Ontologies in the Web Ontology Language (OWL)

The school of Computer Science at the University of Manchester 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 01 and 02 July 2014.


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 (Protege4.3).  It is based on Manchester’s well-known “Pizza tutorial” (see http://owl.cs.manchester.ac.uk/tutorials/protegeowltutorial/).

 This tutorial will cover the main conceptual parts of the Web Ontology Language (OWL) through the hands-on building of an ontology focusing on pizzas and their ingredients. A series of practical exercises take attenders 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 automated 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 30 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 automated 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.


Robert Stevens is a Professor of computer science in the Bio and Health Informatics Group at the University of Manchester.  His main areas of research include: (1) the development and use of ontologies to describe biology and to make knowledge about molecular biology computationally useful; (2) communal building of ontologies — enabling domain experts to use the power of formal, expressive languages, such as the Web Ontology Language (OWL); and (3) semantic description of content through ontologies in e-Science research.

Dr. Georgina Moulton is an Education and Development Fellow with over 7 years experience delivering education and development programmes in the bio-and health informatics sectors.  She has focussed on the comprehension and use of ontologies and has delivered tutorials in this field across the UK.

Number of Places and Cost

In total there are 15 places.  The cost of the course is £250 per day.

 Registration and Further Information

To register, please email Kieran O’Malley (kieran.omalley@manchester.ac.uk) prior to June 23rd 2014.   Payment options will be returned to you following reservation.

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