W3C UK & Ireland Office Official Launch

Bernard Gidon, W3C at the launch of W3C UK and Ireland Office.

Bernard Gidon (W3C) at the launch of W3C UK and Ireland Office.

The W3C UK & Ireland Office was formally launched at the University of Southampton on Friday 14 October at a packed event that included talks from Bernard Gidon, who gave an overview of the W3C in Europe, and Phil Archer, who talked about current W3C activities.  There were also presentations by UK members about their involvement with the W3C, including David Rogers (Copper Horse Solutions) who gave a talk on Security and the Web, and Payam Barnaghi (University of Surrey), who talked about  the W3C Working Group on Spatial Data on the Web.

The Web Science Institute (WSI) at the University of Southampton is the new host of the W3C UK & Ireland Office, supporting an international community of member organisations that is leading the Web to its full potential. The W3C UK & Ireland Office will foster relationships with UK technology and policy leaders and help to promote the adoption and implementation of W3C standards in the UK. It will also recruit and engage with members in the region, and develop education and outreach programs to raise awareness of W3C’s role and standards activities by sponsoring and supporting local events where there is a focus on W3C topics.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Executive Director of the WSI, said: “The University of Southampton has played an active role in the Web community since 1994. The WSI feels like a natural fit to host the UK & Ireland Office.”

Bernard Gidon, W3C’s Europe, Middle-East and Africa Business Development Leader, commented: “We have found a strong match with the WSI as we continue toward the W3C’s mission. It is fantastic to see the energy and community at the WSI, and I look forward to moving on together as we develop the web community in the UK.”

The University of Southampton has been a member of the W3C since 1998, promoting new futures of the Web through W3C community groups including the Web Observatory, Annotations and Web of Things.

The W3C UK & Ireland Office is staffed by Office Manager Susan Davies and Senior Advisor Professor Leslie Carr.

Video: W3C UK and Ireland Launch

The new W3C UK and Ireland Office opened at the Web Science Institute, University of Southampton on Friday, 14 October 2016. In this video the W3C’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa Business Development Leader, Bernard Gidon, Phil Archer, W3C Data Strategist, and David Rogers, CEO of Copper Horse Solutions Ltd., talk about the W3C and the opportunities opened up by this new collaboration.

W3C UK and Ireland Office Launch

Building 32 UoS 101016

University of Southampton

The W3C UK & Ireland Office Launch will take place on Friday 14 October 2016, hosted by the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton. The programme for the day is below. If you are interested in finding out more about the W3C and/or becoming a member and would like to attend the Launch, please email Susan Davies, UK & Ireland Office Manager, at sdd1@soton.ac.uk

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Programme  – #wc3uki

13:00 – 13:45 Arrival and Lunch
13:45 – 13:55 Welcome (Professor Les Carr and Susan Davies)
13:55 – 14:05 Overview of the Web Science Institute (Professor Dame Wendy Hall, WSI Executive Director)
14:05 – 14:20 Overview of the W3C in Europe (Bernard Gidon)
14:20 – 14:35 Current W3C Activities (Phil Archer)
14:35 – 14:45 Security and the Web (David Rogers, Copper Horse Solutions Ltd)
14:45 – 15:15 Invited talks by Members
15:15 – 16:00 Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities for the future of the Web and how the W3C can help

W3C TPAC 2016

TPAC 2016 LogoThe UK & Ireland W3C Office joined twelve UK and Irish companies at the Technical Plenary Advisory Committee Meetings Week in Portugal between 19-23 September 2016, to come to agreement about the future of the World Wide Web for publishing, data exchange, financial information and many other areas of interest to our Digital Economy.

The purpose of the W3C office is to support its national members and to promote the areas of current development in the future of the Web. So we joined the more than 550 experts in Web technologies gathered to address challenges and new opportunities for the future of the Web’s technical roadmap and standardization work. Hosted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), whose mission is “to lead the Web to its full potential” by standardizing Web technologies, the annual W3C Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee (TPAC) Meeting included nearly 40 sessions of formally chartered groups engaged in standards-related work. Another 40 informal break-out sessions discussed emerging technologies that may benefit from standardization work at W3C.

At the conference, Web Inventor and W3C Director Sir Tim Berners-Lee gave a keynote address in which he thanked and encouraged his fellow Web technologists to sustain his original vision for an open, interoperable and decentralized Web for everyone in the world.

On 6 August, the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Web being offered as a publicly available service. Since its invention by Berners-Lee in 1989, the Web has evolved to have rich video and graphics capabilities, work on multiple devices, appear in many languages  and be accessible for those with disabilities. These advancements rely significantly on open Web standards, the technical building blocks that make the Web open, interoperable and accessible, developed at the World Wide Web Consortium.

“Members of the W3C and the larger Web community carry a great responsibility to shape the future of Web technologies,” said Dr. Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. “Most people take for granted that the Web just works for them, but the foundational technologies that make the Web work for everyone are developed by highly skilled and dedicated technology experts in the W3C community. This year’s TPAC meetings underscored the importance and impact of W3C’s work.”

Topping the technical discussions of the groups chartered by W3C were advancements to the Open Web Platform and specific industry requirements for the next generation Web:

In addition to the meetings of the formally chartered Working and Interest Groups for W3C members, for the first time the W3C hosted more than 20 W3C Community Group that are incubating ideas for future Web technologies. Among the topics of high interest in the Community Groups and breakout sessions were blockchain, virtual reality (VR/AR), Web bluetooth and NFC, micro-payments, multi-device timing, and a Web of Things plugfest.

World Wide Web Consortium selects Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton to host UK & Ireland Office


Web Science Institute Director, Professor Les Carr takes on a new role as Senior Advisor at the new W3C United Kingdom (UK) & Ireland Office/Web Science Institute ©2014

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is pleased to announce that the Web Science Institute (WSI) at the University of Southampton has become the W3C United Kingdom (UK) & Ireland Office.

As the host of the W3C UK & Ireland Office, the WSI will help the W3C achieve its mission to broaden participation in W3C activities of more diverse stakeholders from the UK and Ireland. The WSI will foster relationships with UK and Irish technology and policy leaders and help to promote the adoption and implementation of W3C standards in the UK and Ireland.

The W3C UK & Ireland Office will also recruit and engage with members in the region, and develop education and outreach programs to raise awareness of W3C’s role and standards activities by sponsoring and supporting local events where there is a focus on W3C topics.

“The WSI is excited to be taking on this important role within the W3C,” said Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Executive Director of the WSI. “The University of Southampton has played an active role in the Web community since 1994 and has been a member of the W3C since 1998, promoting new futures of the Web through W3C community groups including the Web Observatory, Annotations and Web of Things.”

J. Alan Bird, W3C Global Business Development Leader commented, “With its wide range of research activities into the technologies and societal impact of the Web, the WSI is in a unique position to help broaden the scope and reach of the W3C. We look forward to working together to help the W3C achieve its mission.”

The WSI carries out research into web science, data science, linked and open data, privacy, trust and provenance, social computation, cybersecurity, social media networks. These research activities align well with new W3C activities, including the W3C Data activities, Web Payments, Web Annotation, Web of Things, Security and Privacy and Web Accessibility. The W3C UK & Ireland Office will be staffed by Susan Davies, Coordination Manager for the WSI, who will become the Office Manager, and Professor Leslie Carr, Director of the WSI Centre for Doctoral Training, who will act in a Senior Advisor role. The WSI takes over from Nominet , who has been running the UK & Ireland Office since 2010.

About the World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth and stewardship for the Web. Over 400 organizations are Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the United States, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France, Keio University in Japan and Beihang University in China. W3C has Offices in Australia; the Benelux countries; Brazil; Finland; France; Germany and Austria; Greece; Hungary; India; Italy; Korea; Morocco; Russia; Southern Africa; Spain; Sweden; and the United Kingdom and Ireland. For more information see the W3C website.

About the Web Science Institute

The WSI brings together world-leading research expertise to tackle the most pressing global challenges facing the World Wide Web and wider society today. Its mission is to undertake interdisciplinary research that creates new knowledge about the impact and direction of the Web; to educate students to be architects of change in a digital culture; and to provide a vital source of contemporary strategic and tactical intelligence to its partners. Professor Dame Wendy Hall is the Executive Director of the WSI. She is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking contributions in the field of Web and Internet Sciences and is a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. Read more about the: Web Science Institute 

Released: 31 May 2016

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Hardware based Secure Services CG: report from the London workshop

The Hardware Based Secure Services Community Group met on 26 and 27 April at Morrison & Foerster’s offices in London. 30 people representing 15 companies and universities were present representing Trustonic, Samsung, CESG, Tyfone, G&D, Morpho, HID, Facebook, Copper Horse Solutions, universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Royal Holloway, Southampton, and Visa, Yubiko, Deutch Telekom, gemalto, NokNokLabs, and many others . For the two days of the workshop, the group discussed the opportunity for browsers to integrate secure services offered by hardware technology (such as secure elements and trusted execution environments (TEEs)). The discussion covered the use cases, technical constraints, the user perspective and potential technical solutions.

Summary of findings:

Use cases

The increasing demand from service providers and users to have more guarantees and indication with respect to the security associated with services is a clear trend. The following use cases were listed as having a particular strong expectation in that area: (1) Authentication for the secure management of webmail, web services and VPNs in corporations or in governments, (2) Improving security and usability in online citizen services by reducing password usage (replaced by cryptographic tokens) and improving the trust in user input and output (thanks to trusted UI), (3) Improve use cases such as citizen or consumers recording information, signing and voting steps on line, (4) Identity management: creating an identity credential, update a profile, renew credit, with an adapted procedure in terms of security (i.e. adapting the procedure to the security level), including proof of possession and knowledge, (5) Signatures for legal binding or for users who wish to have verified public posts (comments on social media, applications etc.), including a delegation model (citizen and attorney, consumer and agency etc.).

In addition it was discussed that many hardware based technology and devices were available in today’s web-connected devices such as UICCs, embedded secure elements, trusted execution environments, secure chips and NFC readers. At the same time some removable hardware devices are used. The usage of these technologies for services, or for offering services to app developers is gaining momentum. ApplePay, Trusty in Android, biometric APIs, secure key management backing in hardware APIs and secure enclave all represent the wide range of examples in the market now amongst others available.

This technology will assist the open web platform in retaining its leading position, by offering similar functionalities, especially while the security expectation from users and service providers is increasing. It will also serve to bolster web platform security in its own right.

Identifying Specific Features

The group decided to focus on two specific technology pieces, generating beta APIs. Both features would support the use cases outlined above. These were: 1. Transaction Confirmation API 2. Secure Credential Storage

Feature 1: Transaction Confirmation

This feature allows a web application to trigger a user confirmation based on a secure user interface, including a specific message such as “do you want to digitally sign this transaction?”. It would also allow the request of security information about the context of execution. Suggested code and a flow are in draft and available here: https://github.com/w3c/websec/blob/gh-pages/hb-secure-services/etherpad-04-26-27.md

Editor: Sébastien Bahloul

Feature 2: Secure Credential Storage

This feature allows the generation, usage and administration of a credential such as a key. It includes some additional information allowing for management, including access control rules, lifecycle and renewal. A suggested flow is available at: https://github.com/w3c/websec/blob/gh-pages/hb-secure-services/etherpad-04-26-27.md

Editor: To be agreed

Liaison with other W3C work and groups

Liaison is expected with the following W3C groups: Web Authentication WG, Web Payment WG, Web Crypto WG, Web App Sec WG,

Initial Requirements

The following is an initial set of technical and security requirements, applying to both features:

  • Virtualize the credentials available in hardware, being agnostic in terms of the technology used (e.g. secure chip, TEE, with any physical link supported).
  • Let the user choose the credentials in hardware based technology he/she wants to use.
  • Give clear security indication to the service provider and to the user (i.e. generate an indication of the security level across a large set of components in the stack which help to store, execute and present a transaction).
  • Allow the browser to qualify the security context for operation execution and display, and keep the information consistent and safe.
  • Re-use existing technology e.g. token access control, Same Origin Policy (SOP), Content Security Policy (CSP) etc.
  • Prevent any re-use of bearer tokens, replay attacks, all major state-of-the-art software attacks, time-stamp (if used) abuse, semantic attack etc.
  • Request user consent for service requests relying on hardware based technology owned by the user, permit user control over usage/non-usage, including the ability to change that decision at any time.
  • Credential handling should support a chain of trust (i.e. be able to manage delegation of trust, between user, representative and issuer).
  • Credentials should have a set of information associated easing lifecycle management and authorisations (but not limited to the X.509 certificate model).
  • Manage errors gracefully such as denying domain access, user not permitting access, invalid keys (validation, black list, etc.), network latency, etc.
  • Take into account accessibility practices, for example making sure the security context is explicitly available to assistive tools without compromising security.
  • Preserve the user/service provider confidentiality.
  • Allow service provider customisation (to integrate branding/contextual aspects).

Technical Challenges

Some technical challenges are obviously associated with the capability to offer secure services to web developers. These result in a set of requirements as follows:

  • Ensure the browser can reliably obtain execution and storage security information.
  • Ensure the integration from the browser to the hardware based technology is available.
  • This will be an industry effort to make sure lower layers are implemented; for more details see GlobalPlatform on Web API to access secure element: http://globalplatform.github.io/WebApis-for-SE/doc/
  • Design a security model compatible with the SOP.

Some Immediate Actions

  1. In order to progress on the delivery of relevant features, the attendees of the workshop are invited to test the idea of those features with their partner/customers/teams (All)
  2. Having a technical draft eases conversations, editors should draft an API which envisages services, parameters and code examples, to be reviewed in 3 weeks (Editors)
  3. The community group hosting that conversation needs to continue on a regular basis and attendees need to get on board. A doodle for bi-weekly call will be sent (Chairs)

Complete minutes

Minutes of the meeting can be found at:

Changes in W3C Brazil’s Staff

W3C_ret2014_0005Ana Paula Conte, joined W3C Brazil Office this month. She graduated in Data Processing and post graduated in Business Administration. She has been working at NIC.br for six years, has worked for four years with domain’s registration and 2 years in an administrative/financial department. She has experience in the administrative/financial area and also as a Web developer.

Vanessa ToniniVanessa Tonini, Web developer project analyst of W3C Brazil, left the office last June.



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German W3C Day 2014: The Web reaches all Sectors and Industries

On 10 September, 2014 the German/Austrian Office of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) will celebrate its annual W3C Day in Berlin. This year the event will focus on the extension of W3C’s standardisation activities with regard to several economic sectors and industries.

Based on the individual interests of the participants, the event will focus on specific industries and fields that are of high relevance for the German and Austrian markets, such as:

  • Automotive and Web Platform
  • Web of Things
  • Digital Publishing
  • Web and TV
  • The Web and Mobile Devices
  • Web Payments

By concentrating on currently relevant economic sectors and their specific requirements, the World Wide Web Consortium is emphasising the importance of establishing new standardisation activities for these sectors. The event will trigger and increase intense national and international discussions on standards for specialised technologies for vertical markets and on their integration in the base technologies of the World Wide Web.

We invite W3C members as well as all other interested organisations and companies to participate in the event and to contribute to W3C Day by giving brief presentations, showcases, or software demonstrations.

Additionally, we invite you to get together in small face-to-face meetings with Jeff Jaffe (CEO of W3C) and  Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster (CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, DFKI, host of the German/Austrian W3C Office) as well as with technical experts of the W3C staff to pursue deeper discussion, follow up on questions, and discuss possibilities for cooperation.

Please sign up for the free event. Registration will close on 29 August, 2014.

The programme and venue of the event will be published soon on the German/Austrian W3C Office’s website (http://www.w3c.de). Although the majority of presentations will be in German, contributions in English are also welcome.

We are happy to answer any questions concerning this event. Just send us a mail at w3c@w3c.de.

II Brazilian National Conference on Open Data

The original post is in Portuguese, available on http://www.w3c.br/Noticias/Enda.

Foto do auditório do ENDA

To widen the debate on open governmental data and attract new audiences, the W3C Brazil organized, in partnership with the Ministry of Planning (MP), the II Brazilian National Conference on Open Data, on November 21 and 22, 2013, held in the School of Finance Administration (ESAF) in Brasília.

The II Brazilian National Conference on Open Data was held on November 21 and 22, 2013, in the School of Finance Administration (ESAF) in Brasília. Organized by the W3C Brazil and the Ministry of Planning (MP), the objectives of the event were widening the debate on open governmental data and attract new audiences.

The II Brazilian National Conference on Open Data – ENDA was supported by the National Secretariat for Social Articulation of the Presidency, the Office of the Comptroller General-CGU, the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee-CGI.br, represented by the Brazilian Network Information Center-NIC.br, the Open Software Association, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro-PUC-Rio, the Federal Service of Data Processing-Serpro, the Technology and Information Center of the Social Security-Dataprev, and the National Institute of Educational Studies and Research Anísio Teixeira-INEP.

The ENDA had an unconventional format. In the morning of each day, Keynotes Speakers made presentations, and during the afternoon themed tracks were conducted with one hour of provocations by experts with the aim of stimulating discussions. The rest of the afternoon was used to debate, develop and highlight proposals. Apart from the three tracks each day, parallel activities were held, such as lectures, workshops and an ontology course.


Foto da Irina Bolychevsky
On the first day of the event, Irina Bolychevsky, from Open Knowledge Foundation, spoke about the impact of open data policy in democracies and explained how an open data policy can contribute to enlist citizens and create more transparent societies. Irina leads the CKAN project, a free platform that allows governments to create their own open data websites. The Brazilian open data repository, dados.gov.br, is CKAN-based.Access Irina’s presentation.

Foto do Ulrich Atz In the second and last day, Ulrich Atz, chief of statistics of the Open Data Institute, talked about open data and sustainability. He explained, for example, how open data can create value for citizens, and also how they can help mitigate the effects of climate changes.Access Ulrich’s presentation.

The proposals discussed and prioritized in each track are listed in the Federal Government Website: Participa.br.

*Economic Sustainability of Open Data*
Foto da Trilha Sustentabilidade Econômica dos Dados Abertos

This track was coordinated by Alexandre Gomes, from SEA Technology, and was divided into three phases: inspiration, transpiration and reflection. “The transpiration phase began with a big debate on the major obstacles to the implementation of an economic cycle around open government data.”

*Local Cases: Opening in States and Municipalities*
Bernadette Farias Loscio, professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco, coordinated the two days of this track. Four experts from local governments provoked the debate on the first day, and five provokers stimulated the debate on the second day, followed by discussions and prioritization of proposals. According to professor Bernadette, “the track Local Cases offered to the public the opportunity to learn about the major challenges faced when opening government data, as well as provided a forum for discussion on the role of open data in public administration”.

*Education in Open Data*

Foto do Tom durante a Trilha Educação em Dados Abertos

This track was coordinated by Everton Zanella Alvarenga (Tom), Executive Director of Open Knowledge Brazil. Tom created a questionnaire on Google that remained open for editing ten days before and ten days after the track.

Victor Pimenta, from the Ministry of Justice – MJ, coordinated the track Privacy. According to Victor, this track “raised several discussions related to the apparent dichotomy between transparency and secrecy, addressing the theme of open data and its implications regarding privacy and protection of personal data when information on flexible and disaggregated formats are publicized”. Access the complete post about the track Privacy.

*Open Government: Government Data and Services for the Society and the Citizen*

Foto do Leandro Souza na Trilha Governo Aberto: Dados e Serviços do Governo para a Sociedade e o Cidadão falando sobre a OGP

The coordinator of this track was Patrícia Cornils, according to whom many provocations and debates occurred during the afternoon of November 21st. Read the complete report on Open Government.

Tracks with panels and lectures

*Track Interoperability*
Alexandre Lopes, from Serpro, coordinated the track Interoperability and started the debate with a lecture on the topic. Alexandre commented on the lack of interoperability, the challenges to overcome this problem and the need for developing a governmental ontology.

*Lecture – Design of APIs on Open Data*

Foto da professora Raquel Cardoso falando sobre a iniciativa para organizar os padrões utilizados na visualização de informações

Paulo Merson, from TCU, offered practical information to assist in the design and governance of open data services on the web, commented on some government initiatives, some patterns being used and the importance of communication.

** Lecture – Connection between ontologies, taxonomies and the business of the institution**
Frederico Bortolato spoke about the ontology of the legislative process in São Paulo. He showed the differences between the current Web and the Semantic Web, based on the case of São Paulo’s legislative process.

*Panel – Open Data in Public Companies of IT*
Leonardo Cezar, from Dataprev, explained how open data work in public companies, using as an example Dataprev’s case. Leonardo analyzed the infrastructure of open data, the reference architecture, the publishing stream, and the society’s contribution to this process.

Luís Cláudio Tujal, from Serpro, explained the open data project of this institution and the website www.dados.gov.br. He talked about the applied technology, the platform CKAn, the importance of Linked Data and the Cloud Computing Environment.

Homero Sampaio, from EMPREL, spoke about the case of data opening in the city of Recife to stimulate the development of applications. He explained the challenges, the technological platform used (CKAn) and the choice of formats with the aim of empowering citizens when fostering the development of applications.

*Track Data Visualization*

Foto Diego Rabatone durante a Trilha de visualização de dados explicando sobre o Basômtero

Diego Rabatone was the coordinator of this track and initiated the discussion with a presentation on Estadão Data. Diego spoke about the functioning of the “basômetro”, an interactive application to study party loyalty, allowing the user to analyze congressional voting according to criteria defined by him or her.

*Lecture – Guide to Data Journalism*
Tiago Mali, from ABRAJI, explained what is data journalism, the importance of giving meaning to data, and what is scientific journalism. Access the material given during Tiago Mali’s presentation.

*Lecture – Open Data on Courts of Audit*
Christiane Tavares C. de Albuquerque, from TCE-RS (Court of Audit of the State of Rio Grande do Sul), spoke about Rio Grande do Sul’s Information System for Audits and Accountability – SIAPC and how data were made available in an open format in this system. See Christiane Tavares’s presentation.

*Panel – Open Data in Legislative Houses*
Eduardo Miyashiro, from the São Paulo’s City Hall, spoke about the implementation of the Program of Open Data in the Parliament. He explained the interoperability between electronic voting system and the website and showed how participation and dissemination of the program were conducted, for example the Hacker Marathon. Read Eduardo Miyashiro’s presentation.

Joel Cezar Neto, from Legislative Assembly of Minas Gerais, spoke about data opening in this institution. He described the technological process, the applications, the expectations and future plans. Access Joel Cezar’s presentation.


*Contest for Open Data*

Foto dos vencedores e organizadores do concurso de dados abertos

Conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Justice (Executive Secretariat and Federal Highway Police Department), with the Office of the Comptroller General and the Ministry of Planning, this contest occurred on Management Information System (SIGER)’s database, maintained by the Federal Highway Police Department. The rewards for the winning projects were laptops and ebook readers: Occurrences on Federal Highways; Macao Accidents.

*National Contest for Open Data*
Conducted by the Ministry of Planning with the goal of “encouraging the development of tools and visualizations based on open data, including those that use more than one database as sources”. The winners were:
Mapped Brazil; MTE Agencies; PAC Info; and Analysis of the Access to Education. Read the complete post on the contest.


*Tool Kit for the Publication of Data in Open Format*

Tool Kit de para Publicação de Dados em Formato Aberto

The W3C Brazil has promoted various courses on open data in Brazil and Latin America, since 2010, in order to facilitate the study and training of people interested in publishing data in open format. All the content of these courses, an introductory video on the subject, as well as a basic text and a course in DL format (online) and videos of recorded lectures are available in the Tool Kit. An online course for publishing data in open formats held by the W3C Brazil and the Office of the Comptroller General in partnership with the Agenda Pública. Anyone interested can enroll for free in the site: Open data for Development – OD4D.
E-book with tips for not being tracked on the Web, part of Donottrack.us/cookbook. To download, visit this url.

Ontology Course

Foto do curso de ontologias durante o ENDA

The course was specific to ENDA’s participants, focusing on Linked Data. It was divided into two parts:
1st: theoretical aspects were addressed: concept of ontologies from their philosophical path; the importance of methodological rigor in the creation of ontologies; differentiation between semantic web and linked data; and W3C standards.
2nd: practical aspects were addressed: focus on the use of the protégé; creation of a simple application ontology; queries in SPARQL; and manipulation of endpoints.
Fifty students attended the course offered by professors Seiji Isotani, Thyago Tenório and Ig Ibert Bittencourt, in the II School of Ontologies.

According to teachers’ reports, there was a dichotomy on the real application, because many of the students, although considering to be very important to use standards like RDF, also considered it unfeasible given the complexity and the time available within their institutions. Others disagreed, as some institutions had already established their own ontologies. It was also verified the need for further discussion: it was clear that the debate was very positive and that there was a consensus among participants that debates should continue in order to support future initiatives.

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