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Project Overview

The SmartOpenData project and expected outcomes

The SmartOpenData infrastructure is depicted in the following figure where three main elements can be identified.




What does it mean "to use Linked Data for Spatial Data"?

In the context of the SmartOpenData project, using linked data for spatial data means identifying possibilities for the establishment of semantic connections between INSPIRE/GMES/GEOSS and Linked Open Data spatial related content in order to generate added value. The project requirements are within the environmental research domain.

Why do we have to use Linked Data for Spatial Data?

The main motivation to utilise the potential of Linked Data is to enrich the INSPIRE spatial content to enable improved related services to be offered and to increase the number, performance and functionality of applications.

When does it make sense to do it?

The building of semantic Linked Data structure makes sense when we need to integrate heterogeneous data based on different domains. This structure does not depend on any formats of data, size of database or other attributes, but on common geographic concepts (e.g. river, road...) and their relations (e.g. a road crosses a river). The relevant part of real data and where needed metadata will be transformed to sub-elements of basic concepts (e.g. E55 is a road, OhlöÖe is a river as well as Site of Community Importance8) and then relation between concrete object could be described (e.g.

... and this is our Group Photo

SmartOpenData Group picture


Group photo of SmartOpenData Consortium during our second plenary meeting in Ennistymon, Ireland.