A little less than a month ago the Open Data Institute launched Open Data Certificates, a new scheme to promote open datasets and help build trust between data producers and data consumers. Essentially, data producers fill in a detailed online survey for a particular dataset, covering various topics such as legal information (rights, licensing, privacy), practical information (findability, accuracy, quality, guarantees), technical information (locations, formats, trust) and social information (documentation, […]

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In my last post I mentioned a talk I gave about my work for berlinonline on the Berlin Data Portal. Several months have passed since then (so quickly!), and yesterday we were finally able to launch the portal’s new version at daten.berlin.de (aka “Offene Daten Berlin”)! Compared to the upheaval in the open data community that the launch of the federal German data portal caused, the re-launch of the Berlin […]

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This week, I was invited to give talk at a workshop on Open Data and Open Government at the Innovationsforum Semantic Media Web in Berlin. There were short talks on different aspects on the topic; I was asked to provide a local Berlin perspective (slides see at the bottom of this post) based on my work on the Berlin Open Data Portal which I have recently started doing on behalf of BerlinOnline.

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When talking about the foundation necessary to build smarter, digital cities, the focus is often on ubiquitous broadband, wireless access or sensors - in other words hardware. However, another important ingredient is data, ideally of the open flavour.

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I have been active in the Linked Data community for a good numbers of years now, since back when it was still called the “Semantic Web Community”. I started toying with a flavour of semantic technologies called Topic Maps in 2003, when I was writing my master thesis at the University of Cologne and then started to really dive into the field when I started a PhD at DERI in […]

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