RPI Researchers Use Semantic Technology in Data.gov Project

A team of three Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) researchers has shown the power of the semantic web by developing 40 applications that use datasets from different sources, all available to the public through Data.gov. Data.gov was launched a year ago and has grown from just 47 datasets to over 270,000 (as of May 2010). In June 2009, the RPI team saw Data.gov as a perfect opportunity to "use RDF (Resource Description Framework) and linked data" to explore government data in innovative ways. The RPI Project has demonstrated "how quickly and inexpensively visualization and mash-up applications can be built from government data when it’s put into a web-friendly form." Read the full article at Government Computer News (5/18/2010).

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