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Open University Data


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Presentation for my co-authored paper "Open University Data" on the CIIT conference in 2012. It describes the process and benefits of opening parts of the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering data in a structured format.

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Open University Data

  1. 1. Open University Data CIIT 2012
  2. 2. Introduction • Growing trend for publishing public data in an open format, on the web, making it available for everyone to use and reuse. • We introduce a system for mapping relational data from databases into data represented in semantic web format (N3 and RDF) using the D2R Server, as well as editing and querying the data by using a SPARQL endpoint.
  3. 3. What we publish? • Information about all the faculties in our university such as names, addresses, phones, email and web pages. • We publish more information about our Faculty - Institutes, Modules, Programs, Courses, Subjects and Employees.
  4. 4. System architecture • The system consists of five parts: the relational database, the D2R Server, the Mapping Tool, the Ontology Repository and the RDF Documents, and the SPARQL endpoint for previewing the data.
  5. 5. Mapping Tool Showcase • Adding annotation with the mapping tool
  6. 6. Ontology reuse • There are universities around the world that have already started to develop tools and ontologies for opening up and linking their data. • We try as much as possible to use and combine those well known ontologies according to our needs.
  7. 7. The ontology repository • The database tables and properties annotated with existing ontologies. Only the data that is annotated is displayed.
  8. 8. The SPARQL endpoint • The SPARQL endpoint shows the data in triples: а subject, а predicate and an object. • The results of the queries can also be shown in JSON, XML and XML+XSL format, so this data can be used by both web and mobile applications. • Beside previewing and browsing, the data can be indexed using search engines.
  9. 9. University Open Data Example • An example SPARQL query that displays information about the subject Network Programming.
  10. 10. Possible applications • Encourage developers to use this data to write applications which can be very useful for our students. • Applications with semantic search can be developed to find out in which subjects the technology or research field of interest of the student is taught, and at what level. • Grades of the students are made public, an intelligent portal for rating the students by their knowledge of technologies and computer skills can be made.
  11. 11. Conclusion • Better understanding of its structure and its operations. • Sharing data in a structured format - whether this is personal, government, scientific, medical or enterprise data has huge potential to provide solutions to all kinds of problems. • We hope this initial work will encourage other institutions in the country to follow us in publishing their data on the web in an open format.
  12. 12. Thank you! Questions? 12