Winners 2010

Winners 2010

  1. Umweltbundesamt GmbH(Environment Agency Austria), Austria

    Team contact: Bastiaan Deblieck, Tenforce, Belgium

    The Federal Environmental Agency of Austria (UBA) is the leading expert organisation for all environmental issues and media. It works for the conservation of nature and the environment and thus contributes to the sustainable development of society. Its core tasks include the monitoring, management and evaluation of environmental data.

    The UBA intends to learn how Linked Open Data can help them to aggregate, share and publish data. As the UBA primarily deals with measurements, statistics, research results and geolocation, they face the following specific challenges:

    • how to align meta-data
    • how to connect data in general
    • how to geolocate the data

    LOD2 PubLink is currently defining the scope of a small consulting project.

  2. Greater London Authority, U.K.

    Team contact: Hugh Williams, OGL, U.K.

    The Greater London Authority (GLA) is home to the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. As part of its commitment to openness and transparency, the GLA has published a number of datasets in their currently available formats on its data store site ( They would now like to consolidate this effort around a concrete data model enabling a general deployment as Linked Open Data. Initially, the Greater London Assembly members' data is being considered for the Proof of concept dataset, with some of the challenges to be addressed being:

    • Is this a suitable dataset for initial publication?
    • How do we model the data?
    • What do we do with the temporal aspect of the data?
    • What is the best format to present this data to a community of developers?
    • What is the technology for publishing linked open data?

    LOD2 PubLink is currently defining the scope of a small consulting project.

  3. Deutsche Bibliographie, Historische Kommission, Germany

    Team contact: Thomas Riechert, ULEI, Germany

    The German Biography is an online project of the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Science. The original print version of two biographical lexica contains information about 47.000 biographies, including 45.000 additional persons and over 12.000 places. Funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), some 55 volumes in print have already been digitalized and tagged according to TEI-P5, while all persons have been aligned to the open data authority file PND. This information is publicly available at

    The aim of the current project with PubLink is to provide metadata about the individual biographies to enable the visualization of interpersonal relations, for instance. The publication of the metadata in RDF will make the retrieval of such information and inference of new statements not only possible, but also very flexible. Likewise, the integration of the biographical metadata into the Linked Data Cloud will also enhance the use of the biography for researchers. In this way, it is also an example of how European cultural heritage is merged into the digital world. The project is supported by PubLink in the transformation and publication of the data as RDF and helps to foster the establishment of a knowledge engineering methodology.

    You can see the result of the support activities by LOD2/PUBLINK here:

  4. City of Vienna, Austria

    Team contact: Martin Kaltenböck, SWCG, Austria

    The City of Vienna is the capital of Austria with about 1.8 Mio inhabitants. The IT department as well as the head of administration of the City of Vienna is highly interested in learning more about the benefits of Linked Open Data technologies.

    In the course of the kick off meeting of the Publink project in March 2011 the following procedure for the PUBLINK consultancy has been discussed and agreed on:

    3 half day workshops to ensure knowldge- and technology transfer from LOD2 to the City of Vienna in the area of Linked Open (Government) Data:

    • WS1 - From open data to linked (open) data (Open Data principles, Linked Open Data principles - Benefit of LOD)
    • WS2 - Open Government Data topics: Status of Open Data in Vienna / in Austria, license issues, business models and possible exploitation of (linked) open data
    • WS3 - Linked Open Data: LOD principles, LOD tools, a concrete demo on data of the City of Vienna (and potential & opportunities using linked data versus other technologies), hands on LOD demo

    The workshops have been prepared, accomplished and post processed in April and May 2011. on 17 May 2011 the City of Vienna launched its Open Data Portal here: also on the basis of the mentioned LOD2 Publink workshops.
    The LOD2 project is mention on the Viennese data portal here:

    As a last step in this Publink project 2-3 data sets from the open data portal of Vienna ( will be transformed to RDF as well as furthermore to Linked Open Data to demonstrate the LOD principles & techniques and enable to benefit from LOD.
    This final step is still in progress and will be finalised until end 2011 after decision of the City of Vienna what data sets to use for this.

  5. Instituto Canario des Estadística - ISTA, Canary Islands

    Team contact: Michael Hausenblas, NUIG/DERI, Ireland

    The Instituto Canario de Estadística (ISTAC) is the central organ of the regional statistical system and official research center of the Canary Islands. ISTAC is extending their Dissemination Environment JAXI-2 with Linked Data capabilities. JAXI-2, based on a combination of Tomcat, Alfresco and an Oracle DB, allows the publication of meta-report statistical resources based on PC-Axis. The main open questions are around conversions of statistical data from PC-Axis and in future from SDMX as well as integration aspects into the JAXI-2 workflow.

  6. Digital Agenda Scoreboard, Belgium

    Team contact: Bastiaan Deblieck, Tenforce, Belgium


    The EC Directorate General Information Society and Media (DG Infso) is one of the larger DGs in the European Commission and aims at supporting the development and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for cultural, societal and economic benefits. The PubLink project with the DG Infso has mainly focused on the publication of the Digital Agenda Scoreboard as Open Data with a flexible but pragmatic visualization through the support from the LOD2 consortium. This statistical information had previously been published as a report in PDF format. Yet, this format used to have extremely limited capabilities for reuse and browsing.

    In May 2010, the European Commission adopted the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) - a strategy to take advantage of the potential offered by the rapid progress of digital technologies. The DAE is part of the overall Europe2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The Digital Agenda contains commitments to undertake 101 specific policy actions (78 actions to be taken by the Commission, including 31 legal proposals, and 23 actions proposed to the Member States) that are intended to stimulate a virtuous circle of investment in and usage of digital technologies. It identifies thirteen key performance targets to show whether Europe is making progress in this area. The present Scoreboard only addresses policy actions planned for the last twelve months in the Digital Agenda.

    You can see the result of the support activities by LOD2/PUBLINK here:


Dr. Mateja Verlič (Zemanta d.o.o., R&D)

We read a lot about people doing important things, however this time we – LOD2 partners – are the ones changing the history of Web by revolutionizing information use and reuse, contributing to semantic data standards and pushing the limits of almost every WWW-related aspect (sc… read

Dr. Jens Lehmann (Universität Leipzig, Research Group Leader)

The size and number of Semantic Web knowledge bases published as Linked Open Data has been growing tremendously over the past years. The LOD2 project will be a key factor for sustaining this momentum. More importantly, the quality of knowledge bases and the scalability of methods accessing… read

Jindřich Mynarz (University of Economics, Czech Republic)

Apart from being legally open, linked open data is an open technology. Due to its non-exclusive, non-proprietary, well-formalized, and standards-based nature, linked open data supports a wide spectrum of uses. It does not exclude any application from using it and thus it is open to be mixe… read

Dr. Mladen Stanojevic (Institute Mihajlo Pupin, Serbia)

The richness of any semantic model and the usability of represented data is dependent on the links between them. LOD2 is an important step in this direction that will enable an efficient exploration and processing of vast quantity of open data on the Web.


Mun Yong Yi (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST))

Data becomes more meaningful and powerful as they are linked and integrated. As I learn more about what LOD can do, I am convinced that it will not only change the future of the Internet but also the quality of human life. I am glad that I am participating in this project, which will defin… read

Orri Erling (OpenLink Software, Virtuoso Program Manager)

Value from information increasingly depends on integration. RDF is a great model for this. LOD2 will make RDF a cost competitive alternative in the database space, without compromising ad hoc flexibility and expressive power. read

Vojtech Svatek (University of Economics, Czech Republic)

As researcher in ontological engineering, I am excited to see LOD2 provide tools that make the generation of semantically structured data easy and thus widespread. I believe that ontological research is deemed to build upon the world views already expressed by means of simpl… read

Andreas Blumauer (Semantic Web Company, CEO)

15 years ago we all were excited when we published HTML for the first time and it didn't take a long time until all of us were "on the internet". Now we are starting to publish data on the web. Based on semantic web technologies professional data management will be possible in distributed … read

Kingsley Idehen (OpenLink Software, CEO)

Three years ago, OpenLink Software enthusiastically contributed the prowess of Virtuoso to the grassroots effort that lead to DBpedia and the Linked Open Data cloud that coalesced around it. Today, we are both honored and enthusiastic about Virtuoso's critical infrastructure role in this n… read

Bastiaan Deblieck (TenForce, Partner and Business Development Manager)

An internet of data opens up tremendous opportunities for our corporate and government customers. We intend to be on the forefront of this evolution. read

Christian Dirschl (Wolters Kluwer, Content Architect)

Linked (Open) Data will change the existing publishing paradigms! Creating high quality content for professional usage will remain an important factor in future publishing, but additional access points and new usage environments will equally define its success. read

Dr. Giovanni Tummarello (National University of Ireland, Galway, Research Unit Leader)

Semantic Markups on the Web could drive information reuse to enable scenarios and applications which we can now only dream of. The idea is extraordinarely compelling, but we know now it won't simply realize itself. The LOD2 project is now a great opportunity for inspired and coordinated re… read

Gregory Grefenstette (Exalead, Chief Science Officer)

Enterpise search is all about providing correct, complete, and appropriate information to the employee and decision maker. LOD2 promises to not only allow internal company information to be linked up to the growing amount of Open Data on the web, but to also provide the mechanisms for val… read

Hugh Williams (OpenLink Software)

It is exciting to see the LOD2 project finally kick off in its quest to take the Linked Open Data cloud to the next level of scalability, performance and integration for the exploitation of the Web as a viable platform for enterprise level data and information integration. read

Martin Kaltenböck (Semantic Web Company, CFO)

Linked (Open) Data technologies offer a new way of data integration for the enterprise! Smooth interoperability between internal data sets can reduce costs as well as the enrichment of these data sets by external data can support new market intelligence paradigms for a better decision making. read

Dr. Peter Boncz (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica)

The publishing of ever more datasets by e.g. governments adds value for many key applications including business intelligence, which will drive the Linked Open Data (LOD) paradigm going forward. In the LOD2 project, CWI is working to increase the scalability and performance of querying int… read

Dr. Sören Auer (Universität Leipzig, LOD2 coordinator)

The Linked Data paradigm is a simple and efficient way for integration of heterogeneous information on the Web. Ultimately, we will, for example, be able to search for a new appartment and a close-by available spot in child care in one go. read

Tassilo Pellegrini (Semantic Web Company, R&D)

Semantic interoperability changes the technological and economic nature of metadata opening up exciting opportunities for value creation in various comercial and non-commercial areas. Linked Data is the blueprint for this new ecosystem and it will change the way we think about and use the web today. read

Wouter Dewanckel (TenForce, WP Project Leader)

It is an honor to take part in this challenging integration project to create solutions that can generate business value out of emerging technologies. read


Winners of the 2010/2011 LOD2 PUBLINK consultancy service

When the LOD2 project came into being in September 2010, the LOD2 consortium decided to offer a free Linked Open Data consultancy service to interested organisations and institutions to showcase what the potentials and benefits of linked open data (LOD) principles and technologies are – the LOD2 PUBLINK consultancy service – see also PUBLINK page. … Continue reading ...

LOD & London Online Conference

Last week I defied snow and Eurostar delays to visit the London Online Conference. The conference exists already a couple of years. It brings together publishers, technology provides, content aggregators, … I did what I name “a reverse conference”. This means that I try to “sell” something to some of the booths. I approached some … Continue reading ...

LOD2 launches PUBLINK the free Linked Open Data Consultancy offer for Data Owners

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. Continue reading ...