New Linked Data service launches

We are delighted to launch the next iteration of our Linked Data service today at: http://data.ordnancesurvey.co.uk.

In preparation for this launch we created a beta version, which was designed for you to have a play around, test, and review against your current applications.

We had over 2,000 people test the beta version, thank you for your helpful feedback.

We launched Linked Data in April 2010 as part of the drive to increase innovation and support the “Making Public Data Public” initiative and have seen a continued growth of the use in government and research. This has allowed us to develop a deeper understanding of the use of Linked Data, which we have used to develop an improved service, it’s easy to use and access adhering to new standards making the data more open.

In summary, the improvements we have made are:

  • Developed a data hub that provides access to all our Linked Data datasets, with integrated search to enable anyone to easily locate resources of interest.
  • Embedded OS OpenSpace maps to show the geographic location chosen.
  • Separate datasets, which will allow you to narrow down your searches. For example, if you are looking for postcode information, you can query just the Code-Point Open Linked dataset.
  • Improved metadata for each dataset such as publication dates, licensing terms and coverage.
  • SPARQL 1.1 compliant endpoints for all datasets, which provide more functionality for querying our Linked Data.
  • Redesigned search API based on the OpenSearch specification and with support for geography-based queries.
  • Support for the Open Refine Reconciliation API, which will allow you to more easily link your data with ours.
  • All new API documentation and interactive tools for all API’s, including integrated example resources and queries.

If you are using our current Linked Data service and have any feedback, we would love to hear from you. Please contact the Linked Data team, by sending an email to linkeddatawebsite@ordnancesurvey.co.uk

If Linked Data is new to you and you want to find out more, data.gov provides overviews, videos and examples of other government departments Linked datasets.

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5 Responses

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  3. Stephan Conway (Data Architect at Land Registry)

    This is fascinating stuff and very valuable to enable links to be made between other linked data such as ours at Land Registry (http://landregistry.data.gov.uk/).
    Please could you tell me firstly how up to date the data is, and secondly how frequently it will be updated. I am particularly interested in post codes as we publish these as part of our property price data, but currently publish them as strings. It would be better if we could use OS URIs but we would want to be confident we could rely on their completeness and currency.

    1. Gemma

      Hi Stephan
      I believe a colleague emailed you direct on this, but just to confirm: For this latest iteration of our linked data service, we have updated both the Code-Point Open and Boundary-Line datasets – both sets have May 2013 as latest update.

      Our intention is to update these datasets, in line with the current update regimes (quarterly for Code-Point Open & every 6 months for Boundary-Line). We will however be looking at the levels of demand for these URIs over the coming months, to determine the benefits and costs of providing updated Linked Open data formats that will continue to meet user needs.
      Many thanks

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