Call 2011

Call 2011

Over recent years the Linked Open Data paradigm has gained momentum as a lightweight approach of publishing data resources to and reusing data from the web - be it for commercial or commons-oriented purposes.
PUBLINK is the Linked Open Data Consultancy backed by the consortia of the EU-FP7 LOD2 (Integrated Project) and LATC (Support Action) projects. In order to lower the entrance barrier for potential data publishers, the LOD2 and LATC consortia offer the free PUBLINK Linked Open Data Consultancy to up to 5 selected organizations supporting them with the publishing of Linked Open Data with an overall effort of 10-20 days of support from highly skilled Linked Data professionals.
  • Are you a government or government-related organization (administration, research center, agency, …) and in possession of large amounts of data?
  • Is your organization obliged to publish data?
  • Do you have valuable data but lack the financial or technical means to distribute it?
  • Are you convinced that linking, merging or mapping your data with other data sources will increase its value?
  • Do you face inter-organizational data integration challenges?
  • Do you want or need your data to be re-used?
  • Do you already publish tons of data in HTML, spreadsheets, PDFs or proprietary formats?
If you answered YES! to two or more of these questions, you have to continue reading.

What is Linked Open Data?

The Internet as we know is merely a virtual library where documents are linked to each other, it is a web of documents for humans to read. The W3C-hosted Linking Open Data initiative (LOD, now aims to extend the ‘web of documents’ with a ‘web of data’ by publishing and interlinking open data sources on the Web based on well-established standards such as RDF and URIs. 
A web comprising linked data in addition to linked documents brings the advantage that the content becomes machine-readable. Computer and software can interpret the meaning of web content instead of just offering it to the user to read. As a result, more intelligent search engines can combine information from different sources, mash-ups integrating heterogeneous information can be more easily built and many more, currently unforeseen creative uses of information on the web become possible.
With more than 20 billion facts already published as Linked Open Data (LOD) the Data Web is not just a vision, but becoming reality right now. For example, all BBC programming, Wikipedia as a structured knowledge base (DBpedia) and statistical information  from Eurostat and the US census are, in addition to hundred of other datasets, readily available on the Web of Data.

Why become a Linked Open Data Starter?

The Linked Open Data Starter Service:
  • Is the basis for data integration/mapping/linking on the Internet.
  • Puts you in pole position for data publishing.
  • Empowers the world around you.
  • Is the ultimate extension of your role as knowledge center, regulator, publisher.
  • Guarantees a huge leap forward in your data distribution strategy without any risks.
You will benefit from the technological, juridical, marketing, project and communication experience of the multi-disciplinary LOD2 and LATC teams to make your first steps into the linked open data space a success.

What is the PUBLINK  Linked Open Data Consultancy?

It is a service provided by the EU-supported projects LOD2 and LATC. The ultimate aim of both projects is to lift the emerging Web of Data to the next level. Besides research, development and deployment in the areas linked data management, interlinking, enrichment as well as browsing and authoring LOD2 and LATC aim to substantially extend the publication and use of Linked Data within and beyond the focus domains of E-Government, Media and Enterprise Data. PUBLINK is a service designed to give you maximum value with a minimum of risks. Through a standardized phased approach it allows you to migrate your data to the Internet in a smooth way at your pace.

PUBLINK Pathfinder
In a one-day workshop the LOD2/LATC team will crawl through your data together with you. You should have your data or samples of it available and a rough idea of what you want to do with it. At the end of the day the LOD2 team will, together with you, have:
  • Defined a high-level specification
  • Defined a high-level plan for next steps,
  • Defined a high-level technical architecture,
  • Assessed risks and challenges,
  • Identified possible non-technical issues to work on (copyright, privacy, security, …).
PUBLINK Kickstart
In a 2-to-5-day mini-project the LOD2/LATC team will support you to bring your data to the internet as linked open data. Basically, you have two options here and you can either select one of them or both:
  • PUBLINK RDF: Linked Data at its core is in fact nothing more than the data published as RDF and then linked to each other. 
  • PUBLINK SPARQL endpoint: SPARQL is the query language for RDF data, like SQL for relational data bases. SPARQL is designed to answer technical queries for RDF data.
    To query an RDF Store, a SPARQL endpoint is needed. This is the gateway to the RDF Store through which queries are executed. The web service accepts other formats as well and transforms them into SPARQL.
    The SPARQL endpoint provides a means for machine-to-machine communication so that the public presence of ESCO data can be fully exploited, and foresees the needs of future web applications.
    Here are examples of existing SPARQL endpoints:
Target organizations for Linked Open Data Starters include (but are not limited to):
  • Government administrations or agencies, regional, national or European
  • Knowledge center (health, infrastructure, chemical, tax, financial, social, economic, biological, education, labour, …)
  • Bureau for statistics
  • Research centers
  • Enterprises aiming to publish Linked Data

How to apply for the PUBLINK?

In order to apply for PUBLINK, please send the following information (max. 2 pages) to
  • Brief profile of your organization
  • Description of the data you aim to publish (quality, quantity, current format)
  • Potential stakeholders benefiting from publishing your data
  • Envisioned involvement from your side – will you designate staff for supporting the PUBLINK project and being responsible for the maintenance of the data when the PUBLINK project will have terminated
After assessment of your application and a possible discussion with you on the value and feasibility of your application, we will select up to five PUBLINK projects for execution.


  • Application deadline:                   December 31th, 2011
  • Notification of acceptance:         January 30th, 2012
  • PUBLINK pathfinder period:    February & March 2012
  • PUBLINK kickstart period:          April till June 2012
For successful PUBLINK projects we will, of course, offer individually negotiable options for a continuing collaboration between (members of) the LOD2 / LATC consortia and your organization.

Why work with the LOD2/LATC team?

The LOD2 and LATC teams are comprised of key individuals instrumental to the creation and bootstrap of Linked Open Data community. These teams have presence across many European countries. Naturally, they combine years of hands-on experience with regards to development and deployment of industrial strength solutions covering:
  • Linked Open Data
  • Semantic Technology
  • Publishing
  • Search
  • Advanced database technology

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