Last week,  the Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon), from 16-18 Sept in Geneva, set out to answer three key questions in the global (Linked) Open Data (LOD) effort:

  • how to broaden access to data
  • how to deepen access to data; and how to ensure interconnectedness in the web of Linked Open Data
  • showcasing two innovative applications of Linked Open Data (LOD) to open up information flow, bring organizations and practitioners together, prevent duplication and create a lasting network

The third question was tackeld by REEEP’s  Florian Bauer along with Jens Laustsen of the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) and Martin Kaltenboeck of Semantic Web Company (SWC) as part of a workshop: “How LOD Supports Sustainable DevelopmentThe concept of sustainable development was introduced in the World Conservation Strategy (IUCN 1980) and had its roots in the concept of a sustainable society and in the management of renewable resources. Adopted by the WCED in 1987 and by the Rio Conference in 1992 as a process of change in ... and Climate ChangeClimate change is a lasting change in weather patterns over long periods of time. It can be a natural phenomena and and has occurred on Earth even before people inhabited it. Quite different is a current situation that is also referred to as climate change, anthropogenic climate change, or ... Development”.  SWC and REEEP expalined  by showcasing   our Clean Energy Info Portal and Country Profiles using LOD on, and the reegle Tagging  API. And when GBPN began looking for a partner to help develop its own system for managing global building performance, REEEP recommended LOD and semantic web technologies as a solution. The key to understanding and unlocking LOD is a demonstration of actual case studies – which was exactly what this workshop achieved through its demonstration of live web tools and partnerships.

Several interetsing points where raised, such as:

  • business development/economic development
  • how to best work with taxonomies
  • using LOD for disaster risk managemnt
  • accessability of data
  • useful applications of LOD

Questions raised also included:

  • who are the target/user groups for different LOD services and applications?
  • how much does a webpage using  and publishing LOD costCost: The consumption of resources such as labour time, capital, materials, fuels, etc. as the consequence of an action. In economics, all resources are valued at their opportunity cost, which is the value of the most valuable alternative use of the resources. Costs are defi ned in a variety of ... – and how do you start?
  • can you start by downloading a vocabulary as a  csv file?
  • who to hire for LOD web development?


Bring up any further questions you have right here in the comments section and we will try answer them – or send a tweet to Florian Bauer‘s  twitter account!



Links for more information:

REEEP article: Linked Open Data for Sustainable Development – LOD pioneers make their case at the Open Knowledge Conference in Geneva

Webinar on LOD for the environmental sector

LOD The Essentials

How Linked Open Data supports Sustainable Development – OKCon 2013 workshop

OKCon 2013  guest blog