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

Free Webinar: How NPOs and NGOs make use of Linked Data and Controlled Vocabularies

NPOs and NGOs are acting more-and-more as open data providers for various stakeholders like citizens, enterprises and communities. Linked open data becomes a key concept to meet several demands of information professionals, for instance interoperability and accessibility of data, multilinguality and harmonisation of metadata.

The open data value chain is about to change from a rather simple to a more complex network of data streams which produces new revenue models and more differentiated roles – linked open data plays a central role in this development.

This webinar is about the use of linked open data and controlled vocabularies in the specific enviroments, NGOs and NPOs are working in. Get an overview about the underpinning motivation and concepts which drive the very concrete use cases which will be presented:

  • Andreas Blumauer – Semantic Web Company: Linked Data and Controlled Vocabularies – concepts for NPOs and NGOs
  • Claudio Baldassarre – Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN: The Fisheries Linked Open Data project – data harmonization with semantic technologies

Register for Free
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CEST

About the Fisheries Linked Open Data (FLOD) project: It is the Fisheries division (FI) case study to test an approach to data harmonization with semantic technologies. Inside FLOD more than 10 coding systems consistently co-exist. The coding systems classify entities from the following domains: land and marine geography, land and marine geo-politics, fishery legislation, and fishery techniques, with others planned for connection in the future. FLOD is used as an integrated FI data source in geospatial applications and as a data aggregator in the FIGIS web portal, while new use cases are decreeing it the glue among pre-existing FI information systems, as well responding to requirements of query federation from remote information systems.

Thomas Thurner

Wolters Kluwer Deutschland is publishing 2 legal thesauri as Linked Open Data

Wolters Kluwer Deutschland GmbH (WKD) publishes two legal thesauri as Linked Open Data for free re-use by public administrations, industry and the Open Data community

(Munich, 12.07.2012, WKD) From today on, two thesauri (controlled vocabularies) covering juridical/legal topics are provided for free re-use as Linked Open Data: One thesaurus is covering topics around labor law in German language, while the other one describes German and European courts. Both vocabularies can be accessed at:

Labor law thesaurus covers all main areas of labor law, like the roles of employee and employer; legal aspects around labor contracts and dismissal; also co-determination and industrial action. Therefore, this thesaurus is interesting and relevant for all parties, who are dealing with labor law – professionals like specialized lawyers as well as for employees looking for definitions of legal terms. Linking to thematically similar thesauri (Linked Open Data paradigm) has already taken place and is therefore available as well.

Courts thesaurus is structuring German and European courts in a hierarchical fashion and includes e.g. address information. This thesaurus is not only dedicated to parties interested in legal matters, but also to developers developing geo data applications. Information concerning courts and their roles and responsibilities can become an interesting aspect of many applications in the future.

Publication of these data sets as Open Data is motivated by many reasons. In particular two major directions should be mentioned here: first is to help our customers with their information overload and the other one is to support activities in the OGD (Open Government Data) community.

The creation of legal vocabularies is far from being a trivial thing and there are hardly any resources available in German language. By making these thesauri publicly available, we want to support especially administrations to classify and structure their internal data, in order to easily connect this data to relevant WKD legal resources afterwards (Interoperability of data). The Community on the other hand is very active in some domains, but unfortunately very reluctant when it comes to legal topics. Our aim here is to give initial support in order to create awareness, that also with this data it is possible to create highly interesting and relevant applications. In the end, all interested parties have to work together in a collaborative fashion, in order to bring transparency to the diversity and sheer amount of legal information – this is not possible within insular silos of applications and isolated approaches.

With this effort, Wolters Kluwer Deutschland GmbH is becoming part of the global Open Data movement, which is also heavily promoted by the European Commission, in order to strengthen Europe as an industrial location.

License models used here (like Creative Commons, CC-BY 3.0 for the contents) are as open as possible, in order to have available a real basis for further development in a collaborative fashion.

This commitment also implies next steps: both thesauri will be communicated to different target groups and the resulting discussions will hopefully generate many new requirements and concrete models for collaboration.

Facts and Figures

Licenses of WKD thesauri

  • Data is licensed using ‘Creative Commons Namensnennung 3.0 Deutschland (CC BY 3.0)’ License.
  • Data model is licensed using ‘ODBL’ License.
  • Links to external sources are licensed using a ‘CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication’ License.

Published as Linked Open Data (LOD)

WKD Thesauri are linked with

Programming interfaces as API / SPAQRL endpoints available at:

Used software tool

PoolParty Thesaurus Management Suite (

Both thesauri are described in ADMS format

coming from the European Commission, in order to be easily re-used in e-government services:

This project was implemented in a partnership between

Wolters Kluwer Deutschland GmbH (, Semantic Web Company Wien ( and the FP7 Project LOD2 (

for more information you may contact

Christian Dirschl
Wolters Kluwer Deutschland GmbH (WKD)
Freisinger Strasse 3
D-85716 Unterschleißheim


Martin Kaltenböck – linked (open) energy data cloud

Access to the latest high quality information on renewables, energy efficiency and climate change is fundamental to the acceleration of the clean energy marketplace, facilitating investments, promoting new legislation and regulations and broadening interest and knowledge in the sector. acts as a unique clean energy information portal, targeting specific stakeholders including governments, project developers, businesses, financiers, NGOs, academia, international organizations and civil society. Alongside comprehensive country energy profiles, energy statistics and a directory of relevant stakeholders it also offers the clean energy search and an extensive glossary. There is also an insightful clean energy blog with interesting and up-to-date background information.

As provides relevant clean energy data from several key energy open data sources as for instance OpenEI, World Bank Data or the UK Open Data Portal the Information Gateway has a strong need for efficient and automated data management mechanisms and technologies! Therefore REEEP (The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) decided to use Linked Open Data (LOD).

Linked Open Data provides a powerful way for for sustainable data management and data integration – thereby the current linked (open) energy data cloud came into being and looks as follows:

The figure of the linked (open) energy data cloud above shows the model behind the scenes of the clean energy information gateway providing an insight about sources and respective connections / links between the several sources and data sets.

For the realisation of the Linked Open Data based system the following software components are in use:

Going this direction the clean energy key portal is very flexible for future expansions in the fields of data integhration and data management by new data sets from several data sources!

By the way – is very open too – thereby the whole REEEP generated data is available via a Sparql endpoint for free re-use under the UK Open Government Data license on the data portal!

Try it out and make use of free high quality clean energy data!