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Bathing Water Quality as Linked Data

Is is safe to go back in the water? In the movie Jaws 2 the risk to avoid was a giant shark, but fortunately this is not a threat we have to worry about in the UK. There are, however, other reasons to be careful. One of these is water quality: we would prefer to…

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Driving the bathing water quality API from JavaScript

We’ve just completed a project helping the Environment Agency of England & Wales publish their bathing water quality data and bathing water profiles as linked data. The data is available for re-use by developers through an instance of the linked data API, which is intended to make linked data more accessible to web developers. Less SPARQL, more JSON.

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Epimorphics builds a data publish platform for the Environment Agency

Epimorphics has developed a linked data publishing system for the UK Environment Agency in support of their Bathing Water data. Ian has described the application; this blog entry describes the data publishing platform. The publishing system consists of the Bathing Water Data Explorer and a fault-tolerant, scalable data platform. We’d previously built a prototype system…

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May 18, 2012

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Linked data API slide set

I recently gave a lightning talk on the Linked Data API at the Open Government Data Camp. It was a very high level summary (only had 10 mins in total) but a couple of people asked for a pointer to the slides so they are: here. Thanks to Jeni Tennison for her great work on…

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November 20, 2011

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Semtech exhibition

We had a great time at the Semantic Technologies Business Conference in London last week. Many good conversations with people throughout the two days, and lots to follow up on. It was very rewarding to see how some of the things we’ve been involved in have been taken up and used. The Data Cube came…

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October 4, 2011

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Introductory talk at BCS meeting

I gave an invited seminar on linked data to the BCS Data Management Specialist Group yesterday. Mostly introductory level but, given the possible audience, went into a more of the details on the information modelling aspects than I would normally do in an introductory talk. It seemed to go down well. Lots of questions and…

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July 27, 2011

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Simple Security for Fuseki

This entry describes an interim solution for providing a minimal level of access control to a Fuseki server. Fuseki, a part of the Jena family of linked data tools, is an Open Source SPARQL server. It provides the REST-style SPARQL HTTP Update, and SPARQL Query and SPARQL Update using the SPARQL protocol over HTTP. Though…

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Elementary my dear Jena

We’ve been thinking about Jena quite a bit lately with the move into Apache incubation. We can tell from all the emails we handle on Jena that it is used pretty heavily but we don’t always get to hear about where it is being used. Which made it fun to discover recently that IBM Watson,…

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April 19, 2011

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Guide to the Payments Ontology

Background There is ongoing work within both local and central government on publication of data on payments to suppliers. Initially such data is generally being published as raw spreadsheets but there is a desire to move towards publication using open web standards that facilitate combination and comparison of data. Such linked data approaches can offer…

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