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Agenda GLD-WG telecon 24 May 2012

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Preliminary Items (~10 minutes)

  1. Determine scribe volunteer for today's telecon
  2. Proposal to accept the minutes from the 17-May-2012 (Benedikt gave a great talk describing approach to make XBRL and Linked Data interoperable)
  3. Discuss any important and timely matters and opportunities to liaise with other WG/CG/IG
    • Provenance WG has announced 5 working drafts for review including a primer, ontology and data model. Per Sandro:

These drafts define a model for interchanging provenance on the Web. They are looking for our input.

Main Agenda: Noteworthy Gov't LOD in 2012

  1. Highlight input to "Progress Report on Publication of Government Linked Data Worldwide" for 2012 Semantic Tech & Business Conference (June 2012, San Francisco) (25 min)
  • remains the leader with the most published 5 star government LOD, see
  • Per Dave Reynolds, the UK Environment Agency: Water Quality. Five star publication of assessments of the water quality at Bathing ("Swimming" for a US audience) sites in England and Wales. The data is a linking of three data streams - annual quality assessments, weekly in-season assessments and profiles (describes environmentally significant features and plans for each site). The data is live - updated at least weekly and sometimes daily as new assessments arrive. See see See also,
  • External links include geographic links (to Ordnance Survey linked data), administrations and legislation (to
  • Tope Imitola, the University of Southampton Data Service, see
  • Per Tina Gheen, the US Library of Congress Linked Data Service, see This site includes vocabularies and authorities owned and maintained by the Library of Congress made available as linked data.
  • Per Martin Kaltenböck, Clean Energy data from Reegle, see see for data, manuals and endpoint as 5 star LOD for re-use. See blogpost on same,
  • Mention NRELs use of OpenEI platform, an LOD success story.
  • Per Mike Pendleton, US EPA Facilities, Chemical Substances, Toxic Releases (TRI) to be published on the cloud and announced upon approval of a systems security plan.
  • Per Sarven, the World Bank Linked Data project uses the Data Cube and VoID vocabularies. The dataset is composed of World Development Indicators, World Bank Finances, World Bank Climate Change, World Bank Projects and Operations data. See With respect to environmental data, all of the data sets contain something on the subject, and interlinked wherever possible. For instance, there are links between financial loans for a project and the corresponding information for that project. There is interlinking with external datasets like DBpedia for countries and currencies, and with Eurostat for countries.
  • Per Bart, realtime 4-5 star LOD about incident dispatch messages for Amsterdam firefighters, see Uses vcard & GEO, references Dutch Web Meta Data standard with DCTerms, and to describe the incident itself.
  • Per Boris,
  • Per Benedikt, the XBRL dataset for Edgar, US Securities and Exchange Commission required filings. The project is called the Edgar Linked Data Wrapper, see The Edgar LD Wrapper uses the RDF Data Cube vocabulary. Companies are linked to Freebase.
  • Per Michael, the D2R Server tool for publishing relational databases on the Semantic Web. It enables RDF and HTML browsers to navigate the content of the database, and allows querying the database using SPARQL . D2R is part of the D2RQ Platform. This joint project originated at Free University of Berlin and the main work today is happening at DERI. See
  • Hadley Beeman, et al's Linked Gov community project, see Assisting others to publish open data using standards. See getting started wiki page,

  1. TO BE RESCHEDULED: ISA Programme Vocabularies for Person, Business and Location (PhilA not available)

Upcoming Meeting Agenda Planning (~5 minutes)

  • reminder: 06-June-2012 telecon is cancelled
  • 31-May-2012, Publishing Industry Guest Speaker John Barker, Wolters Kluwer
  • Agenda, Announcements, Scribes
  • Update Scribes and Regrets pages


  1. SemTech West 2012, San Francisco, 3-7 June 2012, see See also Semantic Startup competition, see There is also a semantic start-up competition happening at SemTech West in June, see
  2. European Data Forum 2012 EDF2012, 6-7 June 2012, Copenhagen DK
  3. Using Open Data: 19-20 June 2012, Brussels Using Open Data: policy modeling, citizen empowerment, data journalism. Held 19 - 20 June 2012, European Commission Headquarters, Brussels.
  4. AAAI-12, focus on "Semantic Cities", 22-July-2012. The idea of the workshop is to discuss open data and how semantics can provide a foundation to facilitate high-value analytics. See:
  5. TPAC 29 Oct - 2 Nov 2012 in Lyon, France at the Cité Centre de Congrès de Lyon
  6. SemTechBizSF, see June 2012 in San Francisco, US.
  7. IOGDC 2012, Washington DC July 10-12
  8. Other announcements?



  • Chair: Bernadette
  • Scribe: Tina
  • Alternate: Boris
  • Regrets: George Thomas (project conflict), Dan Gillman (travel), Dave Reynolds

Scribe's Pre-Meeting Checklist

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Chair's Checklist

  1. Chair's Checklist:
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    • Who's present?
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    • Review meeting agenda
    • Announcements
    • Call for next week's agenda items
    • Adjourn

Scribe's End of Meeting Checklist

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