Promising title. After two and a half day (well for almost all of us) we entered the final phase of the plenary. So two and a half days of intense and interesting discussions catching up with all that has been done so far and planning what should happen the next half year. But still two session in front of us.
The afternoon started with the discussion of WP9 the “Open Government Data” use case. First Uroš Milošević from Institut Mihajlo Pupin (IMP) reported about the Serbian CKAN project already holding some data from the Statistical Office of Serbia. Also tools from the LOD2 stack have been and will be used for this project. Sounds great!
Then Irina Bolychevsky of OKFN continued the session announcing that a better integration between CKAN and LOD2Stack should be made to get more RDF in publicdata.eu. Good idea! We were collecting ideas for integration and talked about e.g. a wizard for generating RDF from .csv files (ULEI is working on something like that). Also a integration of google refine has been discussed. The consortium decided to make an extraction sprint transforming a (to be defined) number of interesting data sets from CKAN to RDF.
Finally we had a discussion if linked data is a (the) solution for CKAN to find data and find related data etc. Well i think the people in the consortium are pretty sure it is (not so sure if people from OKFN are). Irina and Mark from OKFN invited everyone to provide input to the Use Case.
This session ended with a presentation about WP9a from Jindřich Mynarz from UEP and Martin Nečaský from CU. They are developing a distributed market place for public contracts. A ontology for public contracts has been developed and is open for review on google code. Next step here will be a web application for filing/creating public contracts in RDF as linked data using tools from the stack. So all in all pretty good progress in WP9.
The third day and the plenary ended with Martin Kaltenböck from SWC and Sören Auer our project lead from ULEI presenting WP10-11-12 Dissemination, Exploitation and Project Management. First we voted for our next plenary to be in Cambridge (hosted by OKFN). Past dissemination activities have already been presented on day one, so Martin reminded us all to write blog posts about all the great things we are doing in LOD2. Next big dissemination activity and also a good opportunity to meet people from the consortium will be the European Data Forum from June 6-7 in Copenhagen.
And that was pretty much it. I as i hope all the others enjoyed three days with a bunch of great people from all over Europe working on a great project. As always it was intense but it was also fun. Hope everyone had a save trip home!