Open Data Workshop 2012

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Linked Open Data Workshop for Clean Energy[edit]

November 12, 2012

Over the last six centuries, access to knowledge and information has expanded exponentially. The printing press brought the wave of widespread literacy and improved levels of education. Today, the internet is unleashing another radical transformation by making the storehouse of human knowledge available to anyone, anywhere with internet access via computer or mobile device.

Ninety percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone[1]. Access to knowledge and information is expanding exponentially. This access to reliable information, and the ability to share datasets between organisations are vital ingredients in tackling climate change and in promoting clean energy. The challenge now is actually how to sort through this ever-increasing volume of information of varying quality, how to select the most relevant, up-to-date and reliable sources and how to make all of this information available in a useful, reliable and standardised way.

To fully embrace the “tsunami” of digital information, more and more agencies are turning to linked open data. Linked Open Data is the growing movement to use the latest technologies to share pertinent, up-to-date information from a wide variety of sources – and to make all of the data free for use and re-use. Leading organisations involved in the movement include the UK Government and Dbpedia. You can see a diagram for the Linked Open Data cloud here.

This workshop will demonstrate the importance of linking open data in the clean energy sphere, and its ability to reduce replication, maximize interconnection, foster innovation, and generate new models of sustainability.


  • Bring together 30 leading providers of clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate data
  • Introduce participants to the basic concepts behind Linked Open Data
  • Highlight successful initiatives and existing collaborations
  • Discuss common concerns, legal issues and licensing questions
  • Provide insights into how it’s done and best practices
  • Reach consensus on what steps would be feasible and appropriate to promote to use of linked open data in our respective organizations


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Date: Monday, November 12th, 2012
Time: 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Ronald Reagan Building
Oceanic Suite, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
The Federal Triangle metro stop (orange/blue lines) is located at the venue, and the Metro Center metro stop (red line) is just two blocks away. For drivers, an underground garage provides parking for 2,000 cars. The venue is easily accessible from three major international airports – Reagan Washington National, Dulles and BWI.

Hotels Nearby:

  • Willard Intercontinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (202)628-9100 (1 block away
  • Courtyard by Marriott, 900 F Street, NW (202)638-4600 (5 blocks away)
  • Hilton Garden Inn, 815 14th Street, NW (202)783-7800 (5 blocks away)
  • Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street, NW (202)582-1234 (6 blocks away)



12:30pm Check in at the Oceanic Suite
1:00pm Welcome Note by James Smith, Workshop Moderator
1:10pm Introduction to (Linked) Open Data & Best Practices (Florian Bauer)
OpenEI (Jon Weers)

2:00pm Interactive Session: How can LOD help your organization?
3:00pm Refreshments & Networking
3:30pm Keynote TBD

Application of LOD, energy related and inspirational

4:00pm Interactive Session: Challenges to implementing LOD
4:45pm Expert Panel: Experts offer their views on the lists of challenges drawn up by the group.
5:30pm Cocktail Hour & Networking


Workshop RSVP[edit]

E-mail invitations for this workshop will be sent the week of October 9th.

RSVP by October 26th!

To RSVP, simply response to your email invitation. Please direct any questions to our event coordinator, .


  1. IBM, 2012