While ambitious climate and energy access targets are already in place we still seriously lag behind in reaching these goals and often find that what’s missing is often proper access to essential information, at the right time and in a useful format.
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) and Semantic Web Company (SWC) see sustainable development as an excellent way to showcase the benefits of Linked Open Data (LOD), and therefore have joined forces to organize a workshop at this year’s Open Knowledge Conference (16th-18th September) in Geneva to highlight use-cases of Linked Open Data and discuss lessons learnt.
Sustainable development is a complex area where many factors are needed to make informed decisions – LOD supports better decision making as well as awareness building.
The same can be said about modern energy systems that combine new and conventional sources of energy, centralized and on-site generation and a complex distribution infrastructure. A lot of data is needed to smooth the way for the transition towards clean energy, yet often it is stored across hundreds of different information silos that are not connected to each other. Today networking is being accepted as a crucial part of development, and that can also be said about networked, linked information/data. Linked Open Data is often described as Open Data interlinked with other datasets.
LOD connects the dots and helps us paint a better, bigger picture.
All three organizations believe that the LOD principles are the right technology to support our efforts to tackle these global issues.