Kathleen Hickey of GCN.com reports, “NASA’s OpenNEX is one of the latest federal research projects moving to the cloud to improve collaboration with the academic, public and private sectors. In doing so, the space agency is using Amazon Web Services to make terabytes worth of climate and Earth science data available to researchers, app developers, academia and the public. The first data sets became available in March and include temperature, precipitation and climate change projections, as well as data processing tools fromNASA’s Earth Exchange (NEX), a research and collaboration platform from NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Facility at Ames Research Center in California.” Read more
Max Smolaks of Tech Week Europe reports, “Andrew Fogg, co-founder of the UK start-up Import.io, thinks every web resource should have an Application Programming Interface (API). In order to make online data more accessible, his company turns any website into a spreadsheet or an API, for free. Fogg claims that in the past few months, the users of this service have created more Web APIs than the rest of the Internet combined. Jerome Bouteiller has interviewed the entrepreneur at LeWeb 2013 conference in Paris, where the two discussed the future of the company and the idea of the Semantic Web, proposed by the ‘father of the Internet’ Sir Tim Berners-Lee.” Read more
According to a new article on Gov.uk, “The UK’s Open Data Institute (ODI) and Taiwan’s Open Data Alliance (ODA) have signed a Letter of Intent today, which will see the two organisations promote and explore the potential open data holds for the public, private and academic sectors in both countries. The Letter was signed by ODI Chairman and Co-Founder Sir Nigel Shadbolt during a visit to Taipei, and Chairman Peng Chi-Ming, from Taiwan’s Open Data Alliance at a high level open data forum which involved Taiwan’s ICT Minister Chang San-Cheng and Chris Wood, Director of the British Trade & Cultural Office in Taiwan.” Read more
There’s money in that open data. A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute finds that machine-readable information that’s made available to others has the potential to generate significant economic value: $3 trillion annually in seven domains, to be exact.
The report, entitled Open Data: Unlocking Innovation And Performance With Liquid Information, sees the potential economic effect unfolding in education, transportation, consumer products, electricity, oil and gas, health care and consumer finance. Data becomes more liquid, the report authors note, when it is open, widely available and in shareable formats, and when advanced computing and analysis can yield from it — potentially in conjunction with proprietary data — novel insights. It doesn’t specifically mention Linked Data, but hones in on government open data platforms – including the Linked-Data infused data.gov.UK, which it cites as having had 1.4 million page views this summer – as critical to the economic good tidings. It records more than 40 countries with open data platforms, and up to 1 million data sets as having been made open by governments worldwide.
OXFORD, England, October 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, congratulates the winners of the 2013 Semantic Web Challenge (SWC). Determined by a jury of leading experts in computer semantics from both academia and industry, the winners were announced at the 12th International Semantic Web Conference held in Sydney, Australia, October 21-25. The challenge and allocated prizes were sponsored by Elsevier. Read more
Tuesday 29th October 2013 — The SKOR Codex, an artwork designed as a lasting symbol of the preservation of cultural data in a non-digital format was presented to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, President and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute (ODI) at the ODI Summit in London today by Dutch artists, La Société Anonyme.
The SKOR Codex is one of only eight books in existence designed to last 1000 years. They have been created by La Société Anonyme to help inform future generations about the diversity of European cultural life in years to come, when today’s computer systems are beyond recognition. Read more
Ian Coady of data.gov.uk reports reported that yesterday marked “the launch of http://statistics.data.gov.uk as the landing page for access statistical geographies in a linked data format. This linked data site is the culmination of three years’ work that started with a request in 2010 by the UK Location Programme to pilot the use of linked data to meet UK’s obligations under INSPIRE, an EU Directive to harmonise how spatial datasets are supplied across Europe.” Read more
According to a new announcement from the company 3 Round Stones, Callimachus Open Source v1.2 has been released. Callimachus is a Linked Data application server used by the Federal Government for publishing open data on the Web and Fortune 1000 for consuming and visualizing a combination of enterprise and open content. 3 Round Stones is working to make Callimachus the choice of Web developers who want to rapidly write and host data-driven Web applications. Callimachus Open Source 1.2 provides a number of improvements across the board – some which improve use experience for building visualizations with the Chart Wizard and some back end changes aimed at improving scaling and performance. As always, for full details about the project and downloads check out http://callimachusproject.org. Here are some highlights.” Read more
10-01-2013 05:41 PM CET - IT, New Media & Software — The new established partnership will combine Digirati’s (digirati.co.uk) expertise in delivering high volumes of complex data and content online with SWC’s PoolParty (poolparty.biz) product suite. These solutions will aim to break the mould of traditional content managed websites and portals by creating a higher level of content findability as well as flexibility of content delivery. Read more
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