Special Topics in Computer Science:
Web-based Data Management
Spring 2016

  • Instructor: Natalia Villanueva Rosales , e-mail: nvillanuevarosales [at] utep.edu, office: CCSB 3.0508, phone: (915) 747-8643.  
  • Class time: TR 13:30 - 14:50  
  • Location: TBA
  • Office hours:TBA.

Course Description

The management of data generated from experiments, sensors and personal devices has become a challenge due to the size and heterogeneity of such data. The interdisciplinary field of data science includes methods for sharing, reusing, discovering, manipulating and interpreting data. In this course, we will learn foundations of cyberinfrastructure (i.e., data sources, technology, and human expertise) and data science techniques to support interdisciplinary research. Hands-on activities and a final project are used to illustrate practical aspects of cyberinfrastructure.
This course is intended for graduate students in science and engineering. There are no hard prerequisites for this class. However, computer science students are expected to have some experience in programming and databases. Students from other programs interested (or in need of) data science to publish and integrate resources (e.g. data, information, and methods) from their research are highly encouraged to register in this course.

Interested in taking this course? Take a look at previous projects in the Project section.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • -Demonstrate knowledge and understanding about data management on the web..
  • - Model scientific knowledge via ontologies and reusing standard vocabularies.
  • - Use cyberinfrastructure to publish, retrieve, integrate and exchange data with a focus on reproducible research.
  • - Create models of trust using provenance of data and models.
  • -Identify current trends in data science.
  • Develop communication skills to work on collaborative interdisciplinary teams.


  • 1. Project, presentation and assignments 50%.
  • 3. Exam(s) 50%.

Standards of conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner, as prescribed in the Student Conduct and Discipline section of UTEP's Standards of Conduct available here. Graded work should be of your own, plagiarism will not be tolearete. Professors are required to report academic dishonesty and any other violation of the Standards of Conduct to the Dean of Students.
Students may discuss requirements and background information. However, desgins, implementations and documentation must be prepared individually or by the members of the group assigned. The Dean of Students has published a website with complete details concerning the UTEP Academic Honesty policy available here.

Academic accommodations

If you feel that you may have a disability that requires accommodation, contact the Disable Disabled Student Services Office at 747-5148, go to Room 106 E. Union or e-mail to dss@utep.edu.

Note: This website is a work in progress. Last modification on October 6, 2015.