A recent article in Directions Magazine reports, "The enhanced Linked Data service, which provides more flexibility and ease when using the free geographic datasets, is proving popular with hundreds of developers already accessing datasets and the new features. In the first month the new site received over 5,000 visits and 13,000 page views. Ordnance Survey began to explore the world of Linked Data following the launch of OS OpenData in April 2010. Early developments in this specialist field saw the national mapping authority publish a number of OS OpenData products as Linked Data, including the 1:50 000 Scale Gazetteer, Code-Point Open and the administrative geography for Great Britain taken from Boundary-Line."
The article continues, "John Goodwin, Principal Scientist at Ordnance Survey, commented: 'Linked Open Data in essence is freely available data, structured in a way that computers can understand and interpret. The Linked Data web is not just about connecting datasets, but about linking information at the level of a single statement or fact. The idea behind the Linked Data web is to use URIs, these are like URLS, to identify things such as people, places and organisations, and to then use web technology to provide some meaningful and useful information when those URIs are looked up.' The enhanced Ordnance Survey Linked Data service gives developers new features and opportunities to build applications and websites using geographic information. The easy to use service delivers greater user experience through a variety of new features."
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