Enabling open data interoperability

European Data Forum


Phil Archer <phila@w3.org>

The ISA Programme

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Major effort by European Commission to improve public sector data interoperability across the member states.

Run by DG DIGIT, budget for 2010 - 2015 of €164 million.

More, including videos, at http://ec.europa.eu/isa/

The ISA Programme

joinup (logo)

W3C working with PwC EU Services who are doing a lot of the work, for example, populating new Joinup Platform:


The Asset Description Metadata Schema

For describing code lists, controlled vocabularies, standards etc. typically made available through a portal... such as Joinup


the various standaridstion bodies, publishers, EU Member states etc using ADMS

The ISA Core Vocabularies

The Business Core Vocabulary

For describing businesses in a national register.

Very limited scope therefore.

Hope is for future work to cover sole traders, relationships between legal entities.

Hang on … Don't We Have That Already?

Org Ontology diagram

Organization Ontology

Describes any organization, including 'formal organizations.'

Broader definition than Business vocabulary so:

legal:LegalEntity rdfs:subClassOf org:FormalOrganization

Organization Ontology/Business Core Vocabulary

Has generic property of org:classification

Business vocabulary creates sub properties for:

Recommends, but does not mandate, specific code lists — this is a recurring issue.

Identifiers in the Business Core Vocabulary

Separation between:

Why use the Business Core Vocabulary?

To provide unambiguous reference to a registered business.

To provide data with tightly defined semantics, of the type found in registers.

To aid interoperability of data sets about legal entities.

To link a legal entity with its registered address provided in an INSPIRE-conformant way (all the core vocabularies interlink).

ADMS & the Core Vocabularies — what next?

Matched work items in the W3C Governmenet Linked Data WG hence now input to that group.

Namespaces are all on w3.org, e.g. http://www.w3.org/ns/adms# Semic 2012 logo

Further related developments, further evangelism and implementation experience.

Chris Taggart will be talking about his experience with it tomorrow in "How the Biggest Open Database of Companies was Built."

SEMIC Interoperability Conference 2012, Brussels, .

Enabling open data interoperability

European Data Forum

I could say a lot more but it's time to stop.


Phil Archer <phila@w3.org>