Open Government Data: A Data Analytics Approach

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In December 2010, the International Open Government Dataset Search (IOGDS) team at the Tetherless World Constellation (TWC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) embarked on a project to discover, document, and analyze open data catalogs published by governments at various levels around the world. By early 2013, the IODGS project had accumulated descriptive metadata for more than 1,022,787 datasets from 192 catalogs in 24 languages, representing 43 countries and international organizations.

RPI’s aggregate catalog, implemented using the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and published using both a public SPARQL endpoint and a faceted user interface, has proven to be a valuable tool for gaining insight into the nature of open government data publication. Here, we discuss what our team has learned about international government data publication trends and tendencies through the application of data analytics and data visualization to this metadata collection.

Related Projects:

DCO-DS LogoLinking Open Government Data (LOGD)
Principal Investigator: Deborah L. McGuinness and Jim Hendler
Description: The LOGD project investigates the role of Semantic Web technologies, especially Linked Data, in producing, enhancing and utilizing government data published on and other websites.

Related Research Areas:

Web Science
Lead Professor: Jim Hendler, Deborah L. McGuinness
Description: Web Science is the study of the World Wide Web and its impact on both society and technology, positioning the Web as an object of scientific study unto itself. Web Science recognizes the Web as a transformational, disruptive technology; its practitioners study the Web, its components, facets and characteristics. Ultimately, Web Science is about understanding the Web and anticipating how it might evolve in the future.
Concepts: Semantic Web