REEEP / NREL: Open Data Workshop 2012


Over the last six centuries, access to knowledge and information has expanded exponentially. The printing press brought the wave of widespread literacy and improved levels of education. Today, the internet is unleashing another radical transformation by making the storehouse of human knowledge available to anyone, anywhere with internet access via computer or mobile device.

Ninety percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone[1]. Access to knowledge and information is expanding exponentially. This access to reliable information, and the ability to share datasets between organisations are vital ingredients in tackling climate change and in promoting clean energy. The challenge now is actually how to sort through this ever-increasing volume of information of varying quality, how to select the most relevant, up-to-date and reliable sources and how to make all of this information available in a useful, reliable and standardised way.

To fully embrace the “tsunami” of digital information, more and more agencies are turning to linked open data. Linked Open Data is the growing movement to use the latest technologies to share pertinent, up-to-date information from a wide variety of sources – and to make all of the data free for use and re-use. Leading organisations involved in the movement include the UK Government and Dbpedia. You can see a diagram for the Linked Open Data cloud here.

This workshop will demonstrate the importance of linking open data in the clean energy sphere, and its ability to reduce replication, maximize interconnection, foster innovation, and generate new models of sustainability.

Meet Florian Bauer from our customer Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) there.


  •     Bring together 30 leading providers of clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate data
  •     Introduce participants to the basic concepts behind Linked Open Data
  •     Highlight successful initiatives and existing collaborations
  •     Discuss common concerns, legal issues and licensing questions
  •     Provide insights into how it’s done and best practices
  •     Reach consensus on what steps would be feasible and appropriate to promote to use of linked open data in our respective organizations


Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:00 to 18:00