Government technology ecosystems around the world are continually evolving to meet the demand for unprecedented levels of openness in government by stakeholders, access to personalised public services over mobile devices, deeper engagement of citizens and businesses in government decision-making over both traditional and new channels, and greater preparedness for black swan events like natural disasters or the global financial crisis.

Given the future scenario of lean governments with significantly less resources, the success of next-generation government organisations in meeting these challenges largely depends on their ability to effectively collaborate among themselves and with external entities like citizens, civil society and businesses by leveraging new networked and collaboration technologies such as those related to the Social Semantic Web and Linked Data. This unit will undertake research and develop policy frameworks to support governments on the use of Semantic Web, Linked Data and other Insight technologies for co-delivery of public services, publication and management of Linked Open Government Data, empowerment of citizens in decision making, optimizing administrative and business processes and opening up government as a single Networked Knowledge Enterprise.

Harness Semantic Web, Linked Data and Advanced Data Analytics in transforming governments into a Single Virtual Knowledge Enterprise.


Developed technologies to help governments:

  • Publish their data assets as Linked Open Data
  • Deliver personalized public services
  • Adopt shared technology infrastructures and services

Developed two widely adopted vocabularies for governments and regions:

  • dcat – facilitates interoperability of online data catalogs
  • ADMS – facilitates discovery of existing semantic assets for reuse and alignment

Provided inputs to the Irish Government policies in two related areas:

  • Open Data
  • Open Government

Provided e-participation platform for consultation on OGP Action Plan.