As Ordnance Survey’s core content is enriched we will need an increasingly scalable and flexible infrastructure to handle and store our data. Graph databases, built on W3C standards such as RDF and SPARQL, offer a way to store and manage data such that content can more easily evolve over time. Furthermore, graph databases make it easier to store and manage links between core data and third party data.
However, this is not just about connecting datasets, but about linking information at the level of a single statement or fact. As we do this, a graph of information emerges where nodes in the graph represent entities such as people, organisations and places. The links in the graph represent relationships between these entities.
This research will explore the opportunities that a graph data model presents, and explore the challenges involved in effectively managing this kind of data.
For more information:
Contact: Anne Patrick, Research Project Coordinator