RPI reports that Jim Hendler has been honored for his contributions to Open Data. The article states, “Jim Hendler, head of the Department of Computer Science and senior constellation professor in the Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer, has been honored with an inaugural Strata Data Innovation Award, given to individuals who have made significant innovations in the data field. The award, given as part of the O’Reilly Strata Conference taking place this week in New York City, was created to ‘recognize disruptive, innovative technologies in big data and data science, highlight data science as an increasing importance for companies, and showcase the highlights of the growing data community,’ according to the conference website.”

The article continues, “Hendler, formerly the director of the Information Technology and Web Science program at Rensselaer, was honored for his contributions to ‘Most Effective Opening of Data,’ exemplified by his work making federal datasets available on the federal government repository data.gov more accessible to the public and researchers through the use of Semantic web techniques. Under his direction, the Tetherless World team created the Linking Open Government Data (LOGD) portal, which hosts data.gov datasets that have been converted and enhanced with Semantic Web technologies, and a search engine that helps users find the data they need from over a million datasets from around the world.”

SemanticWeb congratulates Jim on this wonderful honor.

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