The SmartOpenData project has created a Linked Open Spatial Data infrastructure (including software tools and data) fed by public and freely available data resources, existing sources for biodiversity and environmental protection, and research in rural and European protected areas and its National Parks.
This Policy Brief explains the main benefits and advantages discovered during the implementation of this technological approach (Linked Open Data) in the context of spatial data regarding environmental information. Similarly, a brief exposition about Open Government, Open Data and the links between those concepts and Linked Open Data will be shown. Accordingly, a brief exposition about Linked Open Data principles is given in the introduction.
The project results, which are presented in a descriptive and non‐technical way, allow the definition of a set of recommendations for Data Providers that would like to process and publish their information as Geospatial Information/Linked Open Data (GI/LOD). The SmartOpenData approach is simple and logical; therefore, it can be implemented in any other scenario. It is important to know that generated GI/LOD and its supporting tools and applications should meet a number of general objectives that were presented in documents of Work Package 2 – Requirements and Architecture, and, again, are presented in a summarized way.
GI/LOD Publication involves a number of additional efforts. After the tasks carried out, SmartOpenData can offer a list of recommendations that facilitate the implementation of GI/LOD and could avoid some of the problems that the project has solved during its lifetime.
In conclusion, the question related to “Why Linked Open Data”, as a natural extension of Open Data, should be supported and enhanced in a general context, and specially, in the specific area of geospatial and environmental data is answered, developed and argued.