Tim Berners-Lee’s thoughts on putting government data online

Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has been focusing on helping governments put data online, and today he has some thoughts online on best practices and first steps.

Government data is being put online to increaseaccountability, contribute valuable information about the world, and toenable government, the country, and the world to function more efficiently.All of these purposes are served by putting the information on the Web asLinked Data. Start with the “low-hanging fruit”. Whatever else, the raw datashould be made available as soon as possible. Preferably, it should be put upas Linked Data. As a third priority, it should be linked to other sources. Asa lower priority, nice user interfaces should be made to it — if interestedcommunities outside government have not already done it. The Linked Datatechnology, unlike any other technology, allows any data communication to becomposed of many mixed vocabularies. Each vocabulary is from a community, beit international, national, state or local; or specific to an industrysector. This optimizes the usual trade-off between the expense and difficultyof getting wide agreement, and the practicality of working in a smallercommunity. Effort toward interoperability can be spend where most needed,making the evolution with time smoother and more productive.

via w3.org

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