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Information Systems
Prof. Dr. M. Jarke
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Knowledge Graphs Praktikum

Type Weekly Practical course (basic level)
Term WS 20/21
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Knowledge Graphs are large graphs used to capture information about the real world in such a way that is is useful for applications. In these data structures, there are all sorts of entities (for example, people, events, places, organizations, etc.). Knowledge Graphs are used by many organizations to represent the information they need for their operations. The most well-known example is Google, where a knowledge graph is used to enrich the search results. Also personal assistants, such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Now, as well as question answering systems such as IBM Watson, make use of knowledge graphs to provide information to their users.


Besides these, also other information graphs, are in use by large organizations to improve or personalize their services. Examples include the Facebook graph, the Amazon product graph, and the Thompson Reuters Knowledge Graph.

The graph also contains all sorts of information about these entities (e.g., age, opening hours, …) and relations between them (e.g., “this shop is located in Aachen”). Furthermore, it may contain context information (e.g., the source of some information) and schema information or background knowledge (e.g., “shops have opening hours”).

In this course we will give a basic practical introduction to working with these graphs. We plan to cover the following in the course:

  • Graph representation of data
  • Use of vocabularies and ontologies as schemas for graphs
  • Searching information in knowledge graphs
  • Information extraction into knowledge graphs
  • Data mining techniques for knowledge graphs
  • Knowledge graph completion (predicting links, finding anomalies)
  • Data governance aspects, e.g., data quality
  • Architectures for knowledge graphs (e.g., data lakes, central vs. decentral storage, knowledge graphs on top of relational or NoSQL databases)

Course dates

Meeting typeDate/TimeRoomStarting on
Weekly meeting Thursday, 09:00 - 00:00 15. October 2020


We expects that you are able to program and use data structures and algorithms. Having experience with graphs is not required, but is definitely useful. We will also have some data mining related task, so past experience in that domain is also an asset.

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