Learn about RDF and SPARQL, get the new releases of Data Platform and BrightstarDB, find out who's adding more datasets to the Web of Data? All this and a couple of other things in the NetworkedPlanet Newsletter Issue 1.
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Issue 1

Hello and welcome to the first issue of our newsletter, filled with news from both NetworkedPlanet as well as the wider world of Linked Open Data. You can also read our news and musings on our blog and follow us on twitter too. Without futher ado, read on!

Learn about the fundamentals of Linked Open Data

Our free training webinar will focus on the technologies used to produce Linked Open Data. On Tuesday 29th September our Director, Kal Ahmed, will go through the fundamentals of RDF (which allows us to publish structured data without the need for tables or schemas) as well as covering SPARQL (the language that we query Linked Data with). There are still a few places left so please sign up if you’re interested in learning more. 

Sign Up For The RDF and SPARQL Webinar
Data Platform logo: orange hexagon on its point with the letters dp joined to make an offset infinity symbol

Data Platform 1.0 is out now!

We’re very excited about the 1.0 release of our Data Platform and are looking forward to the exciting projects we’re going to be a part of with it. With the Data Platform you have full control of publishing unlimited datasets in the admin control panel, while still publishing data as standards-compliant, 5 star Linked Open Data. We also offer a 50% discount to not-for-profit and public sector organisations.
ODI Supporter
We’re really pleased to announce that we’ve become an official supporter of the Open Data Institute.

Led by Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt, the ODI is a non-profit, non-partisan fully independent company working not only to make people realise the potential of Linked Open Data, but also following that up with real help - such as coaching, mentoring and funding for projects.
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Version 1.11 is now out for BrightstarDB, our open source RDF database.
BrightstarDB is a cross platform RDF triple store released as open source, allowing you to use it in commercial and non-commercial applications alike.
If upgrading from version 1.10 please refer to the
release notes before upgrading.

Elsewhere in the world of Linked Data

The Environment Agency here in the UK have recently published all of their LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) Data online for anyone to use. This type of data is gathered using lasers to map the height of the land all over the country - you would most likely think of the terrain shown on maps, but it is also used by the EA to model possible flood dangers and see how the coastline changes.

“We hope that by giving free access to our data businesses and local communities will develop innovative solutions to benefit the environment, grow our thriving rural economy, and boost our world-leading food and farming industry. The possibilities are endless and we hope that making LIDAR data open will be a catalyst for new ideas and innovation.”
Their press release was followed by Cyfoeth Naturiol (Natural Resources) responding to questions about similar information for the Welsh countryside, confirming that they too will be releasing their LIDAR data publicly in the coming months.

Webinar #2 - Thurs 15th October

In our second webinar we explain what Linked Data is, how it works, how it overlaps with Open Data and with Big Data and what the upcoming technologies in the Linked Data space are to watch out out for.
Sign Up For The Linked Data Webinar
That's all for this issue, thanks for reading!

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