Professor Nigel R. Shadbolt has just launched an amaizing porject on open government data with his two colleagues Dr Manuel Salvadores and Christos L. Koumenides. The work is being undertaken in the wider context of the EnAKTing project: The PSI Catalogues Aggregator – Portal
This portal aims to bring together our research and lessons learned from developing a global Public Sector Information (PSI) locator system. Our aim with this website is to assemble a platform for integrating several PSI catalogues that we have identified and downloaded from the Web. With an integrated environment we can execute global/federated searches, navigate the catalogues, and retrieve records regardless of origin.
In the process of “getting there” we are also able to make some general assertions about the contents of these catalogues (i.e. how often is information being published? who are the main publishers in each country? what types of data are being published?). Please use the – Federator – and – Analyzer – boxes to get more info about our work and some cool uris.
Our primary goal is to investigate the challenges and potentials of a semantically integrated Public Sector Information (PSI) locator service. Our schema integration approach involves the development of a uniform interface – mediated schema – that captures the core concepts of a PSI catalogue. A mediated schema will act as a central hub for training alignment classifiers and matching our catalogues of PSI.
Part 2 of our experiments involves the analysis and correlation of comparable statistics across the PSI catalogues we harvested. Results from such analysis enable us to make general assertions about the contents of the catalogues.