The lowdown of #mimasld at #jiscEXPO
The #jiscEXPO presented a good opportunity for the project teams of Mimas (Landmap, ESDS and CDU) to compare notes and get useful information from participants
#mimasld had three take home messages:
1 – Make sure you offer “cheese” AKA “benefit” to your users so that they will invest time and effort to look more into your service and get buy in.
2 – Seeing a useful implementation of Linked data was a revelation. The Southampton implementation data.southampton.ac.uk was very productive as it allowed us to see how RDF and SPARQL end point can be used in a productive manner instead of the unusable “linked data” implementations we have seen done by some organisations
3 – Paul Miller speech echoed our own instinct that our linked data should have useful linkages. In selecting the metadata we wand to start linking we selected those data sets we can readily link between various Mimas services.
The discussion session of the morning should have been #mimasld with others who never showed up at the allotted table. However, it was useful for the Mimas three developing Linked data projects, ESDS, Landmap and Census to think about how we can combine forces and pool our learning and resources and remove duplications. Exchange of the various work plans were undertakes, and identification of work.
The idea of creating a Mimas triplestore possibly extending this to Edina and an academic implementation was discussed.
Further crystallisation of the idea of how can we expose our RDF as useful end products to users that enhance our services. Ideas need further developments.
While there is common geography between Census and Landmap data the ESDS data is for country level and does not gel with the two other services on the geography level. The ESDS data and Census data have similar constructs which lend themselves to overlap and synergies for developments.
There is a possibility of utilising Landmap mapping infrastructure to create the useful visualisation end products for ESDS. Ideas and technologies for visualisation of the various potential Mimas linked products were collected through this event.
A useful discussion ensued about the defusing the knowledge garnered through mimasld to the rest of the Mimas services.