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Thomas Thurner

Free Webinar: Linked Data for the Environmental Sector – Use Cases and Opportunities

Organizations working in the environmental sector most often act as intermediates between politics, economy and citizens. They are growing out of their role as plain content providers. To service the demands of their stakeholders they have to act also as data and tool providers for their respective communities.

On June 13 this webinar introduces several good practice examples achieving data governanceData governance is an emerging discipline with an evolving definition. The discipline embodies a convergence of data quality, data management, data policies, business process management, and risk management surrounding the handling of data in an organization. Through data governance, ... in using the linked open dataLinked Open Data (LOD) stands for freely available data on the World Wide Web, which can be identified via Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) and can be accessed and retrieved directly via HTTP. Finally link your data to other data to provide context. paradigms. Together with a basic overview of the possibilities of linked open data you get an appealing picture of the new opportunities which are provided by these principles and technologies, also for your organisation!

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Learn more about three organizations and their linked data projects

Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN)

GBPN_logo_rgb_72GBPN established the “Policy comparative tool on building stock data” together with a domain specific thesaurusA thesaurus is a book that lists words grouped together according to similarity of meaning, in contrast to a dictionary, which contains definitions and pronunciations. The largest thesaurus in the world is the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, which contains more than ... used for a domain specific news aggregator.

Renewable Energy and Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)

logo_reeepAs one of the pioneers in the sector, REEEP has an extensive focus on the use of linked data for renewable energy and energy efficiency, facilitating that in various services, like an automatic annotationAn annotation is notes that you make to yourself while you are reading information in a book, document, online record, video, software code or other information, "in the margin", or perhaps just underlined or highlighted passages. Annotated bibliographies, give descriptions about how each source ... service, aggregated country data presented as fact sheets, a domain specific search engine, etc.

Austrian Geological Survey (GBA)

gbaThe main driving factor for institutions like the GBA to invest in thesaurus and taxonomyTaxonomy is the practice and science of classification. The word finds its roots in the Greek τάξις, taxis (meaning 'order' or 'arrangement') and νόμος, nomos (meaning 'law' or 'science'). Taxonomy uses taxonomic units, known as taxa. In addition, the word is also used as a count noun: ... projects, is the increasing need for a uniform description of their data. The idea is that this enhances value and re-usability of their products for their stakeholders. Especially in the geo-spatial sector the INSPIRE directive of the European Parliament and Council gave a push in that direction. As a public authority, the GBA was legally called to implement the directive for its domain.

Presenters in this Webinar

  • Martin Kaltenböck (SWCThe Semantic Web Company (SWC), based in Vienna, provides companies, institutions and organizations with professional services related to the Semantic Web, semantic technologies and Social Software)
    CFO and Project Lead at Semantic Web Company for Data Portal Solutions
  • Florian Bauer (REEEP)
    Operations and IT Director of REEEP as well as the  clean energy information portal
  • Andreas BlumauerAndreas Blumauer studied Computer Sciences and Business Administration and started his career as a software developer for financial services. In 1998 he co-founded Services, a specialised software company, which has developed several national and international knowledge platforms. He ... (SWC)
    CEO and Evangelist for Linked Data and SKOSSimple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) is a family of formal languages designed for representation of thesauri, classification schemes, taxonomies, subject-heading systems, or any other type of structured controlled vocabulary. SKOS is built upon RDF and RDFS, and its main objective is to ... based Thesaurus Management

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