Thanks to Dr Michael Hausenblas of the Linked Data Research Centre in Galway, Ireland for posting an excellent example on their website (http://lab.linkeddata.deri.ie/2010/star-scheme-by-example/) of how Tim Berners-Lee’s “five star” model of government data might operate in practice on the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) e-government group. The model may explain to a wider audience what “open data” is and is able to permit. The “five star” model is briefly summarised as:
* on the web, open licence
** machine-readable data
*** non-proprietary formats
**** RDF standards
***** Linked RDF
The W3C is also looking at establishing a Government Linked Data Working Group to focus on the technical issues needed behind all this and it now has a draft charter to operate by.
An end to reinventing square wheels – lets have some international standards for e-government fit for the World Wide Web!