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Year: 5th
Semester: 1st;
Credits: 6
Hours/Week: 3h lectures
Classes: 1 lecture
Teachers: João Correia Lopes (JCL);



  1. XML and associates technologies: models and validation of documents; XPath processing and interrogation with XQuery.
  2. XML storage: XML native databases; XML storage using Object-Relational databases.
  3. Text information retrieval: boolean, vectorial and probabilistic models; models for structured data; information retrieval on speech and multimedia; retrieval on chemical and biological data.
  4. Information description: semantic Web languages. RDF, RDF-Schema, OWL; ontologies for a domain.

Main Bibliography


Complementary Bibliography

Teaching Procedures

Lectures include theoretical presentation of the course subjects and practical sessions where proposed research topics are discussed with the students and practical coursework reported.


The students must have introductory knowledge of XML, namely schemas, validation and processing using XPath.


Evaluation Type

Continuous evaluation with Final Exam.

Evaluation Components

DescriptionTypeDuration (hours)End Date
Subject ClassesClasses39 
Assignment 1: XML storageWork152006-10-18
Assignment 2: Information retrieval evaluationWork92006-11-22
Assignment 3: Ontology managementWork122007-12-13

Frequency Attainment

Minimum required to pass this course: 50% in each practical assessment and 40% in the exam.

Final Classification

Evaluation of assignments accomplished during the semester: 60%, Final exam: 40%.

Special Work and Tests


Special Evaluation (Working Students, etc)

Students taking exams under special regimes are expected to previously submit the assignments required for this course.

Classification Improvement

Exam marks may be improved in the resit exam period.