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 byREEEP’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 www.reegle.info, 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 cost – and how do you start?
can you start by downloading a vocabulary as a csv file?