Components Supporting the Open Data Exploitation
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Benefit from Sustainable Open Data Management

The results of project COMSODE enable open data innovation in public bodies and any size businesses. Consortium delivered technologies for sustainable data management (publication, data quality, search, visualization) available mostly as open source. Moreover, the proven methodologies support the upgrade of internal data management processes. The success story now continues across the EU. Ask for expert services of the COMSODErs and benefit from sustainable data management!

Map of current FP7 Open Data projects

The common aim of this FP7 project group has been to develop new knowledge, new technologies, products or demonstration activities in the field of OPEN DATA. They were selected in the European Commission call for proposal, under FP7 Objective 4.3: SME initiative on analytics of Work Programme 2013. For better visualization see mindmap of FP7 OD projects


Project 365 #303: 301009 Blink And You’ll Miss It! / Pete / CC BY

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How ODN addresses security concerns

Open Data Node logoIn the previous article from Mr. Lubor Illek (Security concerns of Open Data publishing), we’ve outlined some security concerns which apply to publication of Open Data, regarding security of the IT environment of the publisher and security (in the sense of „protection“) of the published data. In this article we describe in more detail what exactly Open Data Node (ODN) does for publishers in that regard.

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Security concerns of Open Data publishing

The secusecurity-265130_1280rity considerations we would like to discuss in this blog post cover these two aspects:

  • securing the IT environment of the data publisher organisation
  • security (in the sense of „protection“) of the published data

Basis for security evaluation is finding that the data publication and subsequent interaction with the users who work with these data almost always lies in different security context than production data processing in the organization. Read More

Linked Open Images

In a previous blog post, we introduced CultuurLINK as a service for the cultural heritage community to integrate collections by linking their controlled vocabularies. As an example we showed how to connect the internal subject term list from the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies with a large audio visual thesaurus (GTAA) from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

Today, we put these newly created links into action. Linked Open Images is a mobile application to explore historic material about World War II that gives access to three Open Data collections: historic (1) Dutch news reels shared by Sound and Vision and (2) Photographs and (3) Books shared by NIOD.

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Linking data sources with Spinque

An important part of the COMSODE methodology is to make datasets available in an integrated fashion. One aspect of this integration is the alignment of datasets by linking entities from one dataset with the same entities from another dataset. In this blog post, we describe how we applied Spinque’s Search by Strategy approach to linking vocabularies in the cultural heritage domain.

Many heritage institutions describe their objects using terms from predefined vocabularies. Linking these vocabularies aids the integration of the collections. Hereto, The Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision and Spinque teamed up to develop CultuurLINK. With CultuurLINK owners of a digital heritage collection can link their (internal) vocabularies to the Dutch cultural heritage hub. The hub contains several large vocabularies that are core for the community, such as the audiovisual thesaurus provided by the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision. Links to the vocabularies in the Hub enable richer descriptions for the collections, for example in the form of additional background information and labels in multiple languages. And, links between vocabularies connect formerly isolated collections, enabling richer and more contextualized access.

Screenshot of CultuurLINK.

CultuurLINK: interface with strategy editor (top) and result table (bottom).

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