Community Infrastructure Sandbox for 2006-2010

Community Infrastructure Sandbox for 2006-2010: Getting to 'the 5 stars of Linked Open Data'. Note: This migration from 40's (to be decommissioned by December 31, 2010) to MindTouch 2010 is part of my Data Science and Semantic eScience Class Assignments. See Tutorial.

Note: Content Migrated to Community Infrastructure Sandbox for 2011-2014. Some Links Below No Longer Work.

A Semantic Cloud Computing Desktop / Mobile Apps with Linked Open Data that consists of the following:

Information Model: Level 1 Data Publishing ( and statistics)

Organization Wiki Glossary Data Dictionary Metadata Registry Data Catalog / Databases Taxonomy Ontology Business Intelligence Data Applications Comments
U.S. EPA Report on the Environment Indicators X X X X Air, Water, Land, Health, Ecology, and All files X X Air, Water, Land, Health, Ecology Tutorial

Data Dictionary (in process)

U.S. Census Bureau Statistical Abstract X X X X X (All files) X X   All in process
U.S. CIA Fact Book X X X X X X X   All in process
Health, United States X             X Tutorial

Information Model: Level 2 Data Publishing ( and statistics)

Topic Microsites and Searchable Collections Business Intelligence Data Applications Resource Directories Comments
Statistics U.S. EPA Interpretation of Environmental Data Spotfire EPA Statistics Users Group Tutorial
Statistics EnvironmentalStats for S-PLUS Databases-Spotfire and EnvironmentalStatsfor S-Plus Getting Started Tutorial Using Spotfire Spotfire and Spotfire (in process) EPA Statistics Users Group In process
Statistics Mapping Spotfire EPA Statistics Users Group Tutorial
One EPA Wiki U.S. EPA Budget Spotfire (Video) EPA Tutorial
One EPA Wiki U.S. EPA Toxics Release Inventory Program Spotfire EPA In process
Chesapeake Bay Segment Architecture Dashboards and Indicators Spotfire Chesapeake Action Plan In process


Federal CIO Boot Camp Recommendation Categories for Participants My Suggested Actions URLs Example Technologies
Policy Architect the new initiatives  MindTouch and Drupal
Process Integrate their data Cambridge Semantics and Extentech
Resources Publish the CIO's learning resources MindTouch and Drupal


Objective Product Semantic Technology/Semantic Web Example
Transparency, Openness, & Collaboration New Web Sites (1) Semantic Search (2) (3)
Better Data Data Models (4) Ontologies (5) & DRM 3.0 (6)
Better Process Integration Business Process Models (7) Open Linked Data (8) (9)
Better Infrastructure Cloud Computing (10) Semantic Search and Open Linked Data (11) (12)

Footnotes: (1),,, etc.(2), (3) (in process - see (2)), (4), (5) , (6) and DRM 3.0, (7), (8), (9), (10), (11), and (12) .


We live in exciting times of semantic-web enabling of e-Government with the announcement that the "Pioneer of the World Wide Web to advise the government on using data" in the UK, Putting Government Data online (June 24, 2009), and the US Whitehouse Open Government Blog on how to implement transparency, openness and collaboration where the summary of the recent National Dialogue discussions suggested use of semantic technologies and standards. See Highlights for Technology: The Brainstorm produced some ideas that might be actionable in the short term. These are: ....Data handling issues: Form a working group on interoperability to adopt Semantic Web 3.0 (see our definitions below); Use web and technical standards for handling data; Make all agency regulations, guidance, etc., easily searchable down to the internal database level.

Four suggestions: (1) Read: Semantic Web for Dummies and Semantic Web Programming; (2) Participate in the Semantic Web Meetups; (3) Add your data to  Open Linked Data; and (4) Apply Semantic Cloud Computing to your business and content. Also see the state-of-the-art in relational-to-RDF conversion.

Our focus going forward from our discussions at the 2009 Semantic Technology Conference, June 14-18, is expanded collaboration on Open Linked Data for Government (see below) and Semantic Cloud Computing. The expanded collaboration includes the following:

Topic Contact Person Contact Information
Open Linked Data Sources for Government Mills Davis
Semantic Cloud Computing Brand Niemann
Semantic Web and Cloud Computing Scott Streit
Data Architecture: Linking Open Data: An Emerging Practice Area for the Semantic Web Rick Murphy
Solution Architecture for Open Transparent Government George Thomas in RDF Jim Hendler and Li Ding
Data Model Ontology for the US Government Pavithra Kenje & Ben Kincaid
Ontologies for eGov Ralph Hodgson
Semantic Search (,, etc.) (in process) Brooke Aker
Semantic Web Meetups Brian Eubanks
Global Architecture and Information Network Cory Casanave
W3C Coordination Karen Myers
Ontologies for SOA Chris Harding
BLOGIC or Now What’s in a Link? Pat Hayes
Others to be added    

Our Definitions of Web 1.0-4.0.

Web Version Brief Description Examples
Web 1.0 Connecting documents and providing search W3C and Google
Web 2.0 Social collaboration, but with fragmentation Facebook and Twitter
Web 3.0 Semantic Web Linked Data and Twine
Web 4.0 Intelligent Web Wolfram Alpha and Siri

Some best practice highlights from the 2009 Semantic Technology Conference, June 14-18, and organizations are summarized below (in process)

Topic Title Presentor Slides, Blogs, etc.
Semantic Web Introduction to the Semantic Web Ivan Herman, World Wide Web Consortium Microsoft PowerPoint
Semantic Publishing Semantic Publishing Kurt Alan Cagle, O'Reilly Media Provided to attendees at the conference
Semantic Reasoning SILK: Semantic Rules Take the Next Big Step in Power Benjamin N Grosof, Vulcan Inc. Web Page
Semantic Web and XBRL XBRL, RDF and the Semantic Web Diane Mueller, XBRL International, and Dave Raggett, World Wide Web Consortium Abstract
Semantic Search Executive Round Table: Semantic Search Carla Thompson, Guidewire Group, Andrew Tomkins, Yahoo! Search, Peter Norvig, Google, Riza Berkan, hakia, Scott Prevost, Powerset division of bing, Tomasz Imielinski,, and William Tunstall-Pedoe, True Knowledge Abstract
BusinessValue How Semantic Technologies Drive Business Value Mills Davis, Project10x Slides (PDF)
Model-driven Architecture and Applications SPIN: An object-oriented framework for business rules using SPARQL Holger Knublauch, TopQuadrant Holger Knublauch, TopQuadrant No slides. See Free Download.
Cloud Computing for Science Nebula: NASA's New Cloud Computing Platform Chris Kemp, NASA Ames CIO
Others to be added      

Open Linked Data Sources for Government (in process)

Topic Source URL Comments
Census Joshua Tauberer US Census RDF version of the 2000 US census data set. Consists of around 1 billion triples. Served as linked data and via a SPARQL endpoint. Example things: USA New Jersey
NASA Expert Locator Service Michael Grove and Andrew Schain See
Cambridge Semantics Jordi Albornoz-Mulligan  
Semantic Discovery Brian Donnelly Solving the Problem of Integrating Multiple Excel Spreadsheets Efficiently
Authorities and Vocabulary Service Ed Summers The Library of Congress Authorities and Vocabularies service enables both humans and machines to programmatically access authority data at the Library of Congress. This service is influenced by -- and implements -- the Linked Data movement's approach of exposing and inter-connecting data on the Web via dereferenceable URIs.
Project Recollection - Linking America's Memory Bernadette Hyland The Library is collaborating with Zepheira to develop a pilot platform (codename Recollection) to allow communities of interest to interconnect their information. The pilot platform will use semantic technologies to enhance discoverable access for NDIIPP collections, making them easier to find, access, and share, and especially to integrate with other digital information sources.
A Quantity and Unit of Measure Ontology-based Standard Frank Olken A strawman UML model based upon initial discussions - also see QUDT (Quantities, Units, Dimensions and Data Types) that TopQuadrant developed for the NASA Constellation Program.
Others to be added      
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