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Linked Data / Open Data and Semantic Web standards and tools for meaningful integration of information

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There is an increasing amount of ‘open data’ being made available to the public, which may be of use for researchers in DIAL or Service engineering (as well as others in the IfM). This includes fairly static reference data (such as geographic information about locations of schools, bus stops, local businesses), as well as live data feeds about current activities (e.g. data feeds from the Highways Agency about congestion on major roads). Recently, there have been major initiatives by governments (e.g. data.gov in the US, data.gov.uk in the UK, publicdata.eu in the EU) to make data that has been collected by government agencies at taxpayers’ expense available in open formats, to open up it up for new innovative applications and services. At the same time, W3C (the World Wide Web Consortium) has been developing standards that enable interoperable frameworks for not only exchanging and querying such data, but doing so in a way that preserves the semantics (i.e. the meaning of the data), so that it is possible to make meaningful connections across datasets from different organizations. The major web search engines are also embracing semantic web technology through initiatives such as schema.org, which rewards manufacturers and businesses with the prospect of more prominent, richer listings in search results, in exchange for annotating their web pages with semantic markup that is easier for computers to process and extract the meanings. Furthermore, there is an opportunity for companies to make use of open data and semantic web tools together with their own enterprise data, to enable a richer analysis of the performance of their business or to develop ideas for new value-added services, especially as mobile apps etc. The aim of this talk is to provide an introduction to Linked Data / Open Data and the standards and tools that are available and to give a brief demonstration of their practical use.

This talk is part of the DIAL seminars series.

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