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Re: UK reference URIs

From: Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2012 20:33:17 +0100
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To: Augusto Herrmann <augusto.herrmann@gmail.com>, public-lod community <public-lod@w3.org>

As you can probably understand, technology is the least of the issue: the UK Government Linked Data Working Group (@UKGovLD) are in the midst of trying to find a permanent home (ie someone to take responsibility for paying for infrastructure and maintenance) for those data.gov.uk linked data datasets that were not directly commissioned.

In the meantime, there's some reference data about departments and civil servants still available from eg:


as this is part of the Organograms support at:


It's also worth looking at the great work done by the Environment Agency and epimorphics at:


from which you can get to the linked data API (Elda implementation this time) eg:


I'm hopeful we'll get some of the other data.gov.uk linked data back available in a more permanent way soon.



On 3 Jul 2012, at 17:42, Augusto Herrmann wrote:

> Hi!
> Yes, I noticed that as well. I knew of this linked data before, and
> was just going to show to officials here in the Ministry as an example
> of what interesting things can be done by publishing open government
> data as linked open data. I decided to show them the Puelia PHP
> interface data.gov.uk had for showing triples by dereferencing the URI
> of a school, road or a government departed. But then I was surprised
> to find it doesn't work anymore...
> Example: http://reference.data.gov.uk/doc/department/co/unit/national-school-of-government
> Note: 303 Redirects still work, e.g.
> http://reference.data.gov.uk/id/department/co/unit/national-school-of-government
> redirects to the URL above.
> Any word on what happened?
> Regards,
> Augusto Herrmann
> Open Data Team - Ministry of Planning - Brazil
> On Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 7:31 AM, Sarven Capadisli <info@csarven.ca> wrote:
>> Greetings and salutations,
>> Several weeks ago I've noticed that reference.data.gov.uk was not resolving.
>> It still appears to be the case. Is this a temporary issue?
>> Same goes for education.data.gov.uk - although this goes back a year or two
>> even. I've reported this issue back then, but haven't heard back.
>> It is sad to see these great resources drop, especially the reference URIs
>> in my opinion, because they fit really well in context of statistical data.
>> If anyone has any insiders on this or would like to comment on design
>> considerations going forward, that'd be great.
>> -Sarven

Jeni Tennison
Received on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 19:33:42 UTC

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