Open Data and the Semantic Web – an elevator pitch

(Copy’n’pasted from a poster I’ve done recently – I thought it’s worth re-posting here)

Public and private organizations can benefit from making data available in machine-readable formats. Such data is most valuable when it is easily accessible and can be re-used by integrating it with other data. Semantic Web technologies support this through

  • built-in globally unique identifiers (URIs),
  • powerful options for linking and integrating data published by different parties,
  • the ability to mix and match vocabularies for the description of a single resource.

Data published on the Semantic Web can be queried using the SPARQL query language, can be navigated with RDF browsers like Tabulator and Piggy Bank, and is accessible to RDF-consuming Web crawlers.

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