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Web Data Integration (HWS2019)

Data integration is one of the key challenges in most IT projects and it is estimated that data scientists spend about 80% of their time on data integration. Within the enterprise context, data integration problems arise whenever data from separate sources needs to be combined as the basis for new applications or data analysis projects. Within the context of the Web, data integration techniques form the foundation for taking advantage of the ever growing number of publicly-accessible data sources and for enabling applications such as product comparison portals, job portals, location-based mashups, or data search engines.

In the course, students will learn techniques for integrating and cleansing data from large sets of heterogeneous data sources. The course will cover the following topics:

  1. Heterogeneity and Distributedness

  2. The Data Integration Process

  3. Structured Data on the Web

  4. Data Exchange Formats

  5. Schema Mapping and Data Translation

  6. Identity Resolution

  7. Data Quality Assessment

  8. Data Fusion

The course consists of a lecture as well as accompanying practical projects. The lecture (IE670) covers the theory and methods of web data integration and is concluded by a written exam (3 ECTS). In the projects (IE683), students will gain experience with web data integration methods by applying them within a real-world use case of their choise. Students will work on their projects in teams and will report the results of their projects in the form of a written report as well as an oral presentation (together 3 ECTS). While the lecture and the project can be attended in seperate years, it is highly recommended to attend both in the same semester as the schedule of the lecture and project are aligned to each other.

Time and Location

  • Wednesday, 15:30-17:00. Building: B6, Room: A 101 (Starting: 4.9.2019)
  • Thursday, 10:15-11:45. Building: A5, Room: C 014 (Starting: 5.9.2019)

ECTS

  • 3 ECTS: Lecture with written exam (IE670)
  • 3 ECTS: Project with report and presentation (IE683)

Outline

Week Wednesday Thursday
4.9.2019 Lecture: Introduction to Web Data Integration Lecture: Structured Data on the Web
11.9.2019 Lecture: Data Exchange Formats Lecture: Data Exchange Formats
18.9.2019 Lecture: Schema Mapping Lecture: Schema Mapping
25.9.2019 Project: Introduction to Student Projects Project: Introduction to MapForce
2.10.2019 Project: Feedback about Project Outlines - Holiday -
9.10.2019 Project Work: Data Translation Lecture: Identity Resolution
16.10.2019 Lecture: Identity Resolution Project: Identity Resolution
23.10.2019 Project Work: Identity Resolution Project Work: Identity Resolution
30.10.2019 Project Work: Identity Resolution - Holiday -
6.11.2019 Lecture: Data Quality and Data Fusion Lecture: Data Quality and Data Fusion
13.11.2019 Project: Data Fusion Project Work: Data Fusion
20.11.2019 Project Work: Data Fusion  Project Work: Data Fusion
27.11.2019 Project Work: Data Fusion Project Work: Data Fusion
4.12.2019 Presentation of project results Presentation of project results