LOD Cloud Growing

Linked Open Data Cloud is growing. The new diagram as of April 2014 shows this development, compared to 2011 (diagram below).

Linked Data Cloud 2014


In the government sector growth is especially visible with the geospatial reference portal provided by the Office for National Statistics ONS.

‘The ONS linked data portal is the access point for information on statistical geographies required to support the use of official statistics. It is designed to allow users to discover, view and use geospatial data.’

Other statistical data portals are now visible too. Linked data become a new standard. So data.admin.ch by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (BFS), IMF, FAO, Worldbank or Eurostat.




Linked Data Cloud 2011




One thought on “LOD Cloud Growing

  1. Hi,

    I would like to clarify a few things as you are referring to my BFS Linked Dataspace that’s in the LOD Cloud diagram 🙂

    Please note that the node that’s in the LOD Cloud for BFS is hosted at http://bfs.270a.info/ . It is an independent effort, part of the http://270a.info/ Linked Dataspaces. You can verify this in two ways: http://lod-cloud.net/ for the current LOD Cloud diagram (clickable SVG) or the http://datahub.io/dataset/bfs-linked-data entry which the diagram is based on. http://data.admin.ch/ is the official (pilot) that is released by BFS, and it is not in the LOD Cloud diagram.

    The SDMX (data) conversion behind http://data.admin.ch/ uses the tooling that is used at http://bfs.270a.info/ and other dataspaces under http://270a.info/ . The official BFS release contains sample metadata and data. Whereas the third party release contains only the publicly available SDMX metadata (classifications) from BFS http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/en/index/infothek/nomenklaturen/sdmx.html . If and when data (observations) are publicly available by BFS, http://bfs.270a.info/ will be updated accordingly. The code that was used for the release pipeline is available at https://github.com/csarven/bfs-linked-data under Apache License, Version 2.0.

    The tooling behind the conversion is called Linked SDMX (code at https://github.com/csarven/linked-sdmx ) and you can read more about it at http://csarven.ca/linked-sdmx-data . An early version of the paper was published at Semantic Web Journal: http://www.semantic-web-journal.net/content/linked-sdmx-data and IOS Press: http://iospress.metapress.com/content/q155485487082hj2/ ). http://csarven.ca/linked-sdmx-data on the other hand is a “living document” and (at the time of this writing) discuses the publications of OECD, BFS, FAO, ECB, IMF, UIS, FRB, BIS, and ABS data. The World Bank and Transparency International releases on the other hand follows a different data lifecycle, and are also third-party efforts created by me.


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