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Open Data from Southampton University

March 8th, 2011 by Graham Attwell
Great step forward – lets hope more public bodies follow!
clipped from data.southampton.ac.uk

For more on Open Data and it’s benefits see
these presentations
by Southampton’s Nigel Shadbolt and Tim Berners-Lee. They helped establish data.gov.uk the UK Government’s Open Data site and are members of the Coalition Government’s Transparency Board.

The executive summary: There’s data we have which isn’t in any way confidential which is of use to our members, visitors, and the public. If we make the data available in a structured way with a
license which allows reuse
then our members, or anyone else, can build tools on top of it without needless bureaucracy. That’s common sense.
We call it “Open Data”.

We publish our data in RDF format and link our identifiers to other sites in the Linked Open Data Web. This makes it much eaiser to merge data from multiple sources and other sites can link their datasets up with ours. Like the HTML Web, the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts, that’s “Linked Data”.

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