The Protégé Short Course provides an in-depth introduction to ontology engineering and the Web Ontology Language (OWL). We cover best practices in ontology building and the latest Semantic Web technologies, including OWL 2, RDF and SPARQL. We also cover topics such as real-world applications with ontologies, and data access and import from different data sources.

Most of our course is hands-on. During the hands-on portion of the course, participants will learn how to navigate the latest version of the Protégé and WebProtégé toolsets, which support the full OWL 2 standard. Protégé is the most popular and widely used ontology editor, employed in projects by organizations such as the World Health Organization, eBay, and Yahoo!.

The course is taught by members of the Protégé team. Enrollment is limited to ensure optimal learning experiences.

Target audience members are everyone from complete beginners to intermediate users of Protégé Desktop or WebProtégé. No prior experience with the Protégé toolset and/or ontology development is required.

Special Rates: We offer a 10% discount from regular registration rates for two or more from the same organization through March 3rd.


  • Steps in the ontology development process
  • Semantic Web technologies, e.g., OWL, RDF, and SPARQL
  • OWL 2 language, reasoning, and querying
  • Ontology-driven application development
  • Collaborative ontology development
  • Lessons learned in real world projects


  • Learn to avoid common ontology development pitfalls
  • Hands-on use of the Protégé toolset
  • Practice new skills with optional modeling assignments
  • Direct interaction with the Protégé team
  • Network with fellow Protégé users
  • Explore the beautiful Stanford campus!


Questions? Please contact the course organizers.