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.
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:
- Developed a data hub that provides access to all our Linked Data datasets, with integrated search to enable anyone to easily locate resources of interest.
- Embedded OS OpenSpace maps to show the geographic location chosen.
- Separate datasets, which will allow you to narrow down your searches. For example, if you are looking for postcode information, you can query just the Code-Point Open Linked dataset.
- Improved metadata for each dataset such as publication dates, licensing terms and coverage.
- SPARQL 1.1 compliant endpoints for all datasets, which provide more functionality for querying our Linked Data.
- Redesigned search API based on the OpenSearch specification and with support for geography based queries.
- Support for the Open Refine Reconciliation API, which will allow you to more easily link your data with ours.
- All new API documentation and interactive tools for all API’s, including integrated example resources and queries.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.