How can you not be intrigued by a project whose tag line is, “an elevator for your data.” DataLift, funded by France’s Agence Nationale de la Recherchenatl, is that project, and it’s developing a platform for publishing structured data as Linked Data. That platform is the elevator going up, and it’s due to have its first formal release by year’s end, says Francois Scharffe, scientific director at DataLift and also Associate professor at the Université de Montpellier 2 and researcher at LIRMM.
To bring your data – perhaps it’s information in a relational database or CSV files, for instance – up to the top floor, so to speak, requires making four stops, he explains. The first one is to select the ontologies for publishing the data. “We aim to provide every solution to either give you the right ontology or set of ontologies and terms, or to tell you that you need to extend an ontology for that particular data,” he says.