7th May 2013

A new Linked Data Service from Ordnance Survey


Our latest GeoVation Challenge has just closed and soon we’ll be announcing who the finalists that will be invited to GeoVation Camp on 21 – 23 June.

We’ll be selecting the best ideas that address the problems identified and use Ordnance Survey data, including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, together with other open data in the solution.

Some of the ideas could make use of Linked Data.  The term Linked Data is used to describe a method of exposing, sharing, and connecting data and information using uniform resource identifiers (URIs) on the Web.  Across government over the last ten years there has been a growing realisation to the power of linked data for exposing, sharing, and connecting pieces of data).

Ordnance Survey will soon be launching the next iteration of the Linked Data Service. In preparation a new beta version (https://beta.data.ordnancesurvey.co.uk) of the service has been designed for you to have a play around, test and review against your current applications.

Ordnance Survey launched Linked Data in April 2010 and has seen a continued growth of the use in government and research. This understanding of the use of Linked Data has been used to develop an improved service which is easy to use and access adhering to new standards making the data more open.

A summary of the improvements made are:

If you are already using the Linked Data service, the Linked Data team would like you to take a look at the beta service and test against your current applications. If you have any feedback, please contact the Linked Data team by sending an email to linkeddatawebsite@ordnancesurvey.co.uk

If Linked Data is new to you and you want to find out more, data.gov.uk provides overviews, videos and examples of other government departments Linked datasets.