Ian Coady of data.gov.uk reports reported that yesterday marked "the launch of http://statistics.data.gov.uk as the landing page for access statistical geographies in a linked data format. This linked data site is the culmination of three years' work that started with a request in 2010 by the UK Location Programme to pilot the use of linked data to meet UK's obligations under INSPIRE, an EU Directive to harmonise how spatial datasets are supplied across Europe."
He continued, "The pilot ran for eighteen months and provided proof of concept that ONS could develop a set of unique resource identifiers (URIs) to break open and publish the millions of data cells from its geographic products, and link these attributes together. Access to this machine-readable data was delivered directly or via a slightly clunky API. The pilot also successfully achieved its aim to develop ONS's in-house knowledge of linked data rather than simply contracting the project out to an external supplier. These newly acquired in-house skills allowed ONS to develop the next stage of the project."
Coady added, "Having successfully tested the feasibility of creating and using linked data for statistical geographies, the next phase of the project was to deliver a full system that contained all the ONS core geographic data and could be used by both technical and non-technical users to navigate the data."
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