Martin Kaltenböck

GBPN Knowledge Platform using Semantic Technologies and Linked Open Data launched

The brand new web based GBPN Knowledge Platform has been launched on 21 February 2013. It helps the building sector effectively reduce its impact on climate change!

It has been designed as a participative knowledge hub and data hub harvesting, sharing and curating best practice policies in building energy performance globally. Available in English and soon in Mandarin, this new web-based tool of the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) aims to stimulate collective research and analysis from experts worldwide to promote better decision-making and help the building sector effectively reduce its impact on climate change. To sustain and accelerate change in the building sector, the GBPN encourages open and transparent access to good quality and verifiable data. The data can be used and re-used in HTML, PDF and machine readable raw data (CSV) formats – provided by a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 3.0 FR) license.

The GBPN Knowledge Platform is built on Drupal CMS and seamless connected with the PoolParty Semantic Information Management Platform of Semantic Web Company. Thereby this knowledge platform makes use of semantic technologies and Linked Open Data (LOD) principles and techniques under the hood. A lot of the available data of the various GBPN tools is provided as (linked) open data under a Creative Commons Attribution license. The Semantic Web Company is responsible for conceptual design and technical implementation of the GBPN Knowledge Platform.

As follows an overview and description of the most important features, tools and services of the information management system.

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Thomas Thurner

Quality energy data released: buildingsdata.eu celebrates International Open Data Day

In advance of the 3rd International Open Data Day (http://opendataday.org/) on Saturday 23rd February 2013, BPIE has now made its online knowledge assets “open data ready” by enabling downloads in raw data CSV format, as well as in PDF form.

The comprehensive open data portal presents facts and figures collected in the context of BPIE’s ‘Europe’s Buildings under the Microscope’ study released end of 2011 (see http://bpie.eu/eu_buildings_under_microscope.html). It includes a wide variety of technical data never before collected EU-wide.

The raw data export covers now:

  • 29 European countries
  • 10 building types
  • up to 18 climatic zones per country
  • a total building stock floor area nearly equivalent to the size of Belgium

The Open Data Portal provides data and statistics on:

  • Building stock performance (energy consumption, envelope performance, energy sources);
  • Building stock inventories reflecting floor area, construction year, ownership profile;
  • National policies and regulation;
  • Financial schemes (333 in total).

English: Open Data stickersIn addition, the user can access country fact sheets and definitions.

The data will be improved on an on-going basis and over time, the hub will get enriched with additional topics and information generated through data exchange projects and research partnerships.

BPIE now invites other organisations to add their data to the portal and grow www.buildingsdata.eu into the comprehensive knowledge hub on the energy performance of  Europe’s building stock.

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