The Semantic Web
• Basically an evolution of the World Wide
• Concept introduced by Tim Berners Lee in
• Extends the scope of the World Wide Web
to manage data.
Semantic Web Layers
In Development /
• The Unifying Language of the Semantic Web.
• Based on XML.
• Consists of Triples
– <Subject> <Predicate> <Object>
in the Sem Web
Relevance to Energy and
• Semantic Web Efforts seem to
focus round select domains.
• Energy and built environment
not really one of those areas.
• But does have a large amount
of information that could be
• Semantic Web based platform representing
building and energy related information.
• Currently a proof of concept developed by
• gbXML based ontology along with others.
• New way of organising building information.
• Future developments will include integration
with more data sources.
• Will bring energy supply and demand
• Import weather data.
• Interface with sensors and controllers.
• Regional and Trans National case
studies generating large amounts of
• This data needs to be disseminated
to stakeholders etc.
• Semantic Web Solution may be
useful for this.
• Prototype currently in development.
SUSPLAN Knowledge Base
• The Semantic Web is potentially very
powerful in the energy domain.
• But needs to be accessible – usability is
• Crowd sourcing is the only feasible way to
populate databases on a large scale.
• Security is a major issue for some datasets –
particularly building related.
• Semantic Web work is ongoing, has exciting
potential, but requires a lot more work.
• Semantic Web developments really kicking
off now – next couple of years will be