Archive for the ‘Tools’ Category

DiscOU: Discoverability of Open Educational Content

If there is one scenario that was prominent in driving the development of Linked Data at the Open University, it is the one related to the discovery of educational resources. Indeed, there is a basic assumption that providing structured, open and addressable descriptions of resources helps making these resources more visible. In fact, most [...]

What to ask linked data

Publishing linked data is becoming easier, and we now come across new RDF datasets almost everyday. One question that keeps being asked however is “what can I do with it?” More or less everybody understand the general advantages of linked data, in terms data access, integration, mash-up, etc., but getting to know and use a [...]

wayOU – mobile location tracking app using linked data

As can be seen from the few previous posts on this blog, one of our main focus at the moment is, in addition to trying to handle with all the data that we still have to process, to develop applications that demonstrate the benefit and the potential of linked data. When we obtained data from [...]

ROLE Widget Consumes Linked Data

This is a guest post by Alexander Mikroyannidis, a researcher at the Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University, discussing the use of to identify related material to OpenLearn units within a Moodle block.

The winning application of the KMi Linked Data Application Competition has attracted the interest of the ROLE project (Responsive Open Learning [...]

Results of the KMi Linked Data Application Competition

One of the biggest worry we had at the beginning of LUCERO was that we were promising quite a lot: we were not only going to establish the processes to expose public university data as linked data, but also to demonstrate the benefit of it through applications. Originally, we naively thought that we were going [...]

Example Queries

Some times ago, we started to collect example SPARQL queries of interest through twitter, using the hashtag #queryou. This page is here to keep track of the queries collected, and to discuss them. Please fell free to contribute by sending your query on twitter using the #queryou tag.
Courses available in Nigeria
This query lists all the [...]

First version of

LUCERO is all about making University wide resources available to everyone in an open, linked data approach. We are building the technical and organisational infrastructure for institutional repositories and research projects to expose their data on the Web, as linked data. It is therefore natural for the interface to this data, the SPARQL endpoint and [...]

Initial Overview of the LUCERO Workflow

A large part of the technical development of LUCERO will consist of a set of tools to extract RDF from existing OU repositories, load this RDF into a triple store and expose it through the Web. This might sound simple, but the reality is that, in order to achieve this with sources that are constantly [...]