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SWC publishes Linked Open Data: The Essentials book

19. January 2012, by Martin Kaltenböck

Together with REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) the Semantic Web Company (SWC) has composed a fundamental publication on the topic of Linked Open Data.

Linked Open Data: The Essentials - is a a quick start guide for decision makers who need to quickly get up to speed with the Linked Open Data (LOD) concept and who want to make their organisation a part of this movement.

This book was officially launched in the course of the World Energy Future Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in the course of the side event 'Linking Open Data to Accelerate Low-Carbon Development - A workshop for decision makers in clean energy organisations' that took place on Wednesday the 18th of January 2012 in Masdar Institute at Masdar City - where Martin Kaltenböck, Managing Partner & CFO of the Semantic Web Company gave the introductionary presentation on the topics of Open Government, Open Government Data and Linked Open Data to ~35 decision makers from the field of Clean Energy and Climate Change Development. Your can find more information about this workshop here.

Linked Open Data: The Essentials provides answers to the following key questions:

  • What do the terms Open Data, Open Government Data and Linked Open Data actually mean, and what are the differences between them?
  • What do I need to take into account in developing a LOD strategy?
  • What does my organisation need to do technically in order to open up and publish its datasets?
  • How can I make sure the data is accessible and digestible for others?
  • How can I add value to my own data sets by consuming LOD from others?
  • What can be learned existing best practices?
  • What are the key potentials of sharing and consuming open datasets?

The Linked Open Data Quick Start Guide for Decision Makers contains also additional resources as follows:

  • Comprehensive link sections for detail information of the topics: Open Government, Open Government Data and Linked (Open) Data.
  • Furthermore every chapter offers a further reading section at the end to explore additional publications and papers.
  • Decision makers can hand over the LOD essentials book to your IT department to use the given ‚technical further reading‘sections to enable them to get familiar with the technical principles of Linked Open Data.
  • At the end of chapter 3 (pp 39) you find the ‚Linked Open Data Tool Box Collection‘ that offers useful software tools for Linked Open Data Management.

The table of content is as follows:

1. From Open Data to Linked Open Data
2. The Power of Linked Open Data
3. Linked Open Data Start Guide
    3.1. Publishing Linked Open Data
    3.2. Consuming Linked Open Data
4. Best Practice and Examples
    4.1. Country Profiles
    4.2. OpenEI Definitions
    4.3. The official home of UK legislation

This publication is supported by the German Ministry of Environment (BMU) as well as by the EC funded FP7 project LOD2 - Creating Knowledge our of Interlinked Data.

Start reading the book now on issuu

The downloadable PDF Version is available here  

Hardcover on Amazon

Editor Contacts
Florian Bauer, REEEP
Martin Kaltenböck, SWC

We hope you enjoy reading of Linked Open Data: The Essentials - we are looking forward to receiving your feedback - so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!

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