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Re: Universal distributed open government data catalog?

From: Ton Zijlstra <ton.zijlstra@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2010 17:15:46 +0100
Message-ID: <1435c5ad1002020815s41304d4emf4d6dc78d7929741@mail.gmail.com>
To: Cory Casanave <cory-c@modeldriven.com>
Cc: Antti Poikola <antti.poikola@gmail.com>, eGov IG <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Hi all, Antti, Cory,

On Feb 12th, there's a meet-up of the Dutch SemWeb community at the Free
Univ in Amsterdam, where we'll be discussing this as well. There's some talk
within Dutch gov to start a catalogue, and I told them it will be the
perfect reason to get the SemWeb people involved in this, because it
provides the type of volume and platfrom to link data.

Will keep you posted.

best,
Ton
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On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 5:09 PM, Cory Casanave <cory-c@modeldriven.com>wrote:

> Antti,
> Re: "How the interoperability of the different data katalogs could be
> done so that the national, regional and independent catalogs could
> produce together a universal, but distributed open government data
> catalog?"
>
> That is precisely the use case for linked open data.  Publish all of the
> catalogs as RDF with dereferenceable URIs and SPARQL query end points.
> All of the data is then owned and controlled by the publisher but can be
> queried, linked, extended and combined as a virtual web DBMS.  You may
> want to format this data as "striped RDF" so it is also more usable by
> non-rdf XML tools.
> Of course RDF-LOD is not the only form you may want to publish in, you
> will want user accessible web pages that access the same data
> (preferably through the RDF interface).
> For more seamless integration try and normalize the vocabularies of
> these data sets in a common, shared vocabulary. You may also want to
> build on some of the public vocabularies already accessible.  Of course
> it is also fine for a particular data set to have some of its own terms
> - but where practical you can relate those terms to some of the common
> ones.  You don't want to get into analysis paralysis with the common
> vocabularies - it is also ok to publish the data with any "native"
> vocabulary and then relate that local vocabulary to some common "hub"
> vocabularies using OWL or SKOS.  So the priority should be to get all
> the data out and second is to "ground" the terms of that data in some
> common hubs.
> This path of RDF-LOD and "after the fact" grounding in common hubs
> provides a vehicle for immediate returns with integration improving over
> time.
> Regards,
> -Cory Casanave
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-egov-ig-request@w3.org
> [mailto:public-egov-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Antti Poikola
> Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2010 8:02 AM
> To: eGov IG
> Subject: Universal distributed open government data catalog?
>
> How the interoperability of the different data katalogs could be done so
>
> that the the national, regional and independent catalogs could produce
> togeather a universal, but distributed open government data catalog?
>
> We have a simple case here in Finland:
>
> During this year 2010 most propably 3 new catalogs will open
>
> 1. National Official
> 2. Regional (Helsinki capital city region)
> 3. Independent developer community catalog opengov.fi
>
> How can we make sure that the catalogs work togeather between three of
> them and togeather with the rest of the catalogs:
> http://www.diigo.com/list/apoikola/publis-sector-data-catalogues
>
>
>
>  From the EU PSI (Public Sector Information) directive papers:
>
> "Future revisions to the PSI Directive should require the development of
>
> PSI information asset registers using standard metadata. For the benefit
>
> of countries where standards for PSI asset registers are not yet
> developed, work on the development of pan-European standards for PSI
> asset registers should be supported and should take into account
> existing national initiatives."
>
> -Jogi
>
>
>
>
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