Through tutorial instruction and discussion of industry case studies, this workshop introduces you to linked open data formats and query languages that will help ease the process of putting raw government data on the Web.
Our workshop will review W3C’s recent workpaper on “Publishing Open Government Data” and walk participants through what linked open data is, what standard technical formats are accepted, and how linked open data technologies are being used by the government, business and technology sectors.
Key takeaways from the workshop include:
• How to use linked open data technologies to put raw government data on the Web; resulting in greater data transparency and operational efficiency.
• The basics of semantic web technologies including Resource Description Framework (RDF), Ontology Languages (OWL), Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) and query languages such as the Simple Protocol and RDF Query Language (SPARQL).
• How to use standard linked open data formats and query technologies to improve transparency on the front-end and system interoperability on the back-end.
• The best practices and technical resources are available to help you navigate through your linked open data initiative.
Sandro Hawke is a software developer and systems architect at W3C, where he has specialized in Semantic Web technologies since 2000. He has developed numerous prototype and experimental systems, demonstrating Linked Data principles and the utility (and limitations) of formal knowledge representation in the open Web environment. He coordinates the development of foundational Web Standards as the W3C staff contact for the Rule Interchange Format (RIF) Working Group and the Web Ontology Language (OWL) Working Group. Since 2009, with the new focus on open government data, he has served as W3C staff contact for the eGovernment Interest Group.
John Sheridan is Head of e-Services and Strategy at the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) in addition to serving as a co-chair of the W3C’s eGovernment Interest Group. OPSI is a key enabler for the re-use of government information, with responsibility for the re-use strand of policy development the operationally the management of Crown copyright and database rights (the UK Government’s Intellectual Property). John works at the intersection of information policy, technology and online service delivery. With a background in Information Technology, specializing in the Web, he has led a number of projects to enable government data, in particular using Semantic Web technology. John was part of the team of officials support the Power of Information strand of policy development. John has spoken at numerous conferences and events, in the UK and internationally, speaking to both policy and technology audiences.
John is the point person for a current project at OPSI that made The London Gazette, one of the UK’s longest standing newspapers, a vehicle for the UK government to publish usable information to the public.
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