Public Administration I

Session 1.3

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 11:00 to 12:00
LC Club
Martin Kaltenböck



The votes of the EU Council and beyond. Bringing semantic technologies to the General Secretariat of the EU Council

As a European public administration, the General Secretariat of the EU Council needs to provide information to EU member states efficiently and effectively. This requires a knowledge-based administration. Equally, the data that we make available is addressed to citizens, researchers, journalists and others and should be available in a reusable format. Thus we embarked on a pilot project to make the votes of the EU Council available as a first open data set. This project helps greatly in developing a strongly semantics-based approach to internal and external information provision.


Toward Government Linked Data: A Slovak Case

At present it is very difficult to work with government data effectively. A lot of effort is just spent to integrate various datasets. Data are often at low level quality such as they are inconsistent or incomplete and published in different formats. This all limits their integration and utilization for various purposes. At present the linked data based method to government data integration seems to be most promising approach in this field. Data are annotated with ontologies hence they can be easily linked with semantics and processed with reasoners for additional content inferencing. Subsequently, when the government data are linked and also open, then great business value can be produced. On the one hand the data integration process is more effective and precise and on the other hand, any software project can benefit from including open linked data in their solutions. 

This presentation aims to provide information about semantic web adoption process for Slovak government data. First, an initial formal proposal of semantic standards for Slovak government data [SK-SEM2013] is presented. Second, the focus is oriented into presentation how the URI became the key element of Slovak semantics standards. Third, a new approach to semantic standards is presented. The base properties of semantic standards, i.e. approved ontologies and a method to URI creation, are shown. Finally, the concrete example of government linked data is presented. It covers the Slovpedia, Slovak open linked data database and the Pharmanet, the Slovpedia client that provides an approach to NLP based drugs interactions extended with inferencing.