Upcoming Open Data Event
IODC16 Madrid. Global goals, local impact
The 4th International Open Data Conference, IODC16 will take place in Madrid. October 6-7, 2016. It will be ‘designed not as a single statement on open data, but rather as a curated record of discussions and debates, providing a snapshot of key issues and setting out a path forward based on the visions, ideas, and agreements explored at IODC 2015′ in Canada.
Reporting IODC 2015
From the 2015 report:
‘More than 1000 participants from 56 different countries took part in the 3rd International Open Data Conference (IODC) in Ottawa from May 28-29, 2015 . Hosted by the Government of Canada, the International Development Research Centre, and the World Bank, IODC brought together open data experts to understand the global impact of open data, coordinate action, and share best practices.’ p.5
‘A few years ago, debates about open data centered on dataset formats and data portals—not any more . Today, the open data debate covers an increasingly broad spectrum of topics: from comprehensive principles for open data and the measurement of impact, to the development of common standards, and critical issues such as privacy, multilingual data communities, and indigenous knowledge.’ p.30
Using Linked Open Data LOD
An example showing how LOD helps break down silos: Florian Bauer’s presentation in IODC 2015 ‘Using Open Data Thesauri to Connect Climate Platforms’.
‘Data + Environment = Mobilizing Knowledge
Addressing climate change and environmental sus-
tainability is a knowledge-intensive enterprise . With
billions of data points from scientific research and mil-
lions of journal articles published in many different
languages over recent decades, organizing all that in-
formation, and getting it to the right people at the right
time requires both active intermediaries and shared
knowledge infrastructures . The Climate Knowledge
Brokers (CKB) group is building on the Renewable En-
ergy and Energy Efficiency Partnership’s (REEEP) mul-
tilingual climate thesaurus to tag and enrich content
from different document repositories, using a shared
Linked Open Data taxonomy . This helps to break down
the silos that keep information apart, building a stron-
ger open data ecosystem.’
Open Data Standards. LOD?!
‘In collaboration with Iniciativa Latinoamericana por los Datos Abiertos (ILDA), Open North interviewed governments and civil society organizations in 10 low- and middle-income countries to get a sense of their progress, challenges, needs and interests with respect to open data standards. After reviewing the previously identified gaps in standardization in light of the interview results, we proposed 32 draft recommendations, which we now invite stakeholders to discuss, comment on, and eventually implement.’ (Guest post on the Blog IODC 2016 from James McKinney of Open North).
The bad news for LOD is: It’s only nice to have in these countries. The good news is: LOD is on the radar even in countries with not so many resources. The five-star step in the WEB needs time.
On page 40/41 the report ‘Identifying recommended standards and best practices for open data’ (By Stéphane Guidoin (Open North), Paulina Marczak (Open North), Juan Pane (ILDA) and James McKinney (Open North).) gives the following recommendation.
● When possible, government could provide data using linked data format like RDF or JSONLD
● Data tools should support existing ontologies and vocabularies and adopt the relevant ones when possible
On one hand, linked data and use of existing vocabularies is perceived a significant aspect of open data. With linked data, it is possible to significantly increase the automation capabilities since data attributes become much less ambiguous.
On the other hand, linked data almost did not appear in the answers of either government or consumer interviewees, and most of the government agencies appeared to already have difficulties to comply with more simple simple recommendations. Finally linked data is more difficult to use and require more advanced tools to be used that average citizens, CSOs and even developer do not always know.
As a consequence, use of linked data is presented as a “nice to have” recommendation and can be added to, but should not replace more accessible formats like tabular data.’