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:

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