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Contact details

VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Sciences, Computer Science, De Boelelaan 1081a, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Room U-325. Tel: +31 20 598 7739/7718. Fax: +31 20 598 7728. E-mail: guus dot schreiber at vu dot nl

If you want to make an appointment please send a message to Mrs. Elly Lammers

The VU campus is situated just south of the Amsterdam South train station (directions). The Computer Science department is located in the Sciences building, behind the main VU building. Take entrance 1081 (first entrance on the left when entering the campus from the tram 5/51 stop, passing under the grey building). Take the elevator to the 3rd floor and go to the U wing on your right.

In the press

[In Dutch]

  1. Interview in //Collectie (blad voor de bibliotheekwereld), juni 2011: "Het nieuwe zoeken; het nieuwe vinden"
  2. Interview in Volkskrant, 4 December 2010: "Web 3.0: meer vinden dan je vraagt"
  3. BNR News Radio, program Denktank (Think Tank), discussion on Semantic Web (23 February 2010)
  4. Radio 1 discussion on whether Internet makes us happier (1 January 2009).
  5. Article in Gewoon Bijzonder (VU alumni magazine) on Semantic Web (December 2007)
  6. Article in Intermediar on semantic search (28 March 2007)
  7. Articles in Vrij Nederland on virtual Semantic Web group at the VU (10 February 2007)
  8. Article in NRC Next on "Art Web"(16 November 2006)


Here is my full list of publications.

Recent work

W. van Hage, V. Malaisé, R. Segers, L. Hollink, and G. Schreiber. Design and use of the Simple Event Model (SEM). J. Web Semantics, 2011. In press, [url].

C. van den Akker, S. Legêne, M. van Erp, L. Aroyo, R. Segers, L. van der Meij, J. van Ossenbruggen, G. Schreiber, B. Wielinga, J. Oomen, and G. Jacobs. Digital hermeneutics: Agora and the online understanding of cultural heritage. In ACM Web Science Conference 2011, Koblenz, 2010. [url].

W. van Hage, V. Malaisé, G. de Vries, M. van Someren, and G. Schreiber. Abstracting and reasoning over ship trajectories and web data with the Simple Event Model (SEM). Multimedia Tools Appl., 2011. In press, [url].

R. Gligorov, M. Hildebrand, J. van Ossenbruggen, G. Schreiber, and L. Aroyo. On the role of user-generated metadata in audio visual collections. In M. Musen and O. Corcho, editors, Proc. 6th International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-CAP 2011), June 26-29, 2011, Banff, Alberta, Canada, pages 145-152, 2011. [url].

A. Tordai, J. van Ossenbruggen, G. Schreiber, and B. Wielinga. Let's agree to disagree: on the evaluation of vocabulary alignment. In M. Musen and O. Corcho, editors, Proc. 6th International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-CAP 2011), June 26-29, 2011, Banff, Alberta, Canada, pages 65-72, 2011. [url].

Some typical publications

G. Schreiber, A. Amin, L. Aroyo, M. van Assem, V. de Boer, L. Hardman, M. Hildebrand, B. Omelayenko, J. van Ossenbruggen, A. Tordai, J. Wielemaker, and B. Wielinga. Semantic annotation and search of cultural-heritage collections: The MultimediaN E-Culture demonstrator. J. Web Semantics, 6(4):243-249, 2008. [url].

Mike Dean, Guus Schreiber (eds.), Sean Bechofer, Frank van Harmelen, Jim Hendler, Ian Horrocks, Deborah McGuinness, Peter Patel-Schneider and  Lynn Andrea Stein.  OWL Web Ontology Language Reference. W3C Recommendation 10 February 2004. Latest version: http://www.w3.org/TR/owl-ref/

Guus Schreiber, Barbara Dubbeldam, Jan Wielemaker, and Bob Wielinga. Ontology-based photo annotation. IEEEIntelligent Systems, May/June 2001. PDF

Guus Schreiber, Hans Akkermans, Anjo Anjewierden, Robert de Hoog, Nigel Shadbolt, Walter Van de Velde and Bob Wielinga. Knowledge Engineering and Management: The CommonKADS Methodology, MIT Press, ISBN 0262193000. 2000. Preface and table of contents (PDF). See also the CommonKADS website

Gertjan van Heijst, Guus Schreiber and Bob Wielinga. Using explicit ontologies for KBS development. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 42(2/3):183-292, 1997.  HTML

CV synopsis

Guus Schreiber is a professor of Intelligent Information Systems at the Department of Computer Science department of the VU University Amsterdam. His research interests are mainly in knowledge and ontology engineering, with a special interest for applications in the field of cultural heritage. He was one of the key developers of the CommonKADS methodology. He acts as chair of W3C groups for Semantic Web standards such as RDF, OWL, SKOS and RDFa. His research group is involved a wide range of national and international research projects. He is now project coordinator of the EU Integrated Project NoTube concerned with integration of Web and TV data with the help of semantics and was previously Sceintific Director of the EU Network of Excellence "Knowledge Web".

Schreiber studied medicine at the University of Utrecht. After working two years at the University of Leiden in the Medical Informatics department he joined in 1986 the SWI (Social Science Informatics) group of Bob Wielinga at the University of Amsterdam, where he was involved in research on knowledge engineering. In 1992 he was awarded a Ph.D. on a thesis entitled "Pragmatics of the Knowledge Level". In 2003 he moved to the VU.


Projects that are ongoing or about to start:

Recently completed projects:

  • Dutch BSIK project MultimediaN, subproject E-Culture
  • Dutch BSIK project VL-e Virtual Lab e-science (VL-e), subproject AID: Advanced Information Disclosure
  • CATCH project MuNCH: Multimedia aNalysis for CulturalHeritage
  • CATCH project CHOICE: CHarting the informatiOn landscape employIng ContExt information

I haven't include the long list of older projects. Consult the list of publications in case you're interested.

Some recent talks

Journals and conferences

Journals and major conferences I'm currently involved in:

  • Int. Journal of Web Semantics (editorial board)
  • Journal of Applied Ontology (editorial board)
  • KCAP International Conference on Knowledge Capture (program co-chair in 2005, together with Peter Clarke)
  • ISWC International Semantic Web Conference (General Chair in 2007)
  • EKAW: European Knowledge Acquisition Conference (co-chair in 1990, 1994 and 1996)


Master projects can be done in th context ofongoing projects. See the contact details for information about how to make an appointment.

I'm currently involved in the following courses:

Web technology
block 3, together with Jacco van Ossenbruggen
Ontology engineering
block 6, together with Willem van Hage
Human Computer Interaction
block 5, together with Lora Aroyo
Business modelling and requirements engineering
block 2, together with Hans Burg

For course details, see the Blackboard system of the university.


  • Favorite outdoor sport: running
  • Favorite indoor sport: bridge
  • Favorite music genre: opera
  • Favorite opera: Salome
  • Favorite wine: many
  • Favorite book subject: history
  • Favorite historic period: 19th century
  • Favorite English writer: Jane Austen
  • Favorite Dutch writer: A. F. Th. van der Heijden

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