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Useful Glasgow info with some added oomph

After opening up raw data like never before, Glasgow is also committed to refining and improving important information in the form of “linked data”. This is data that has been organised and structured into smart formats that allow programmers, developers and applications to get the most out of it with the minimum of fuss. With clever functionality built-in, it’s the gold standard of data.

To see what it can do, visit the Linked Data portal, which features:

– a powerful tool that visualises and compares key Glasgow statistics

– a detailed, information-rich portrait of every community in the city

– a growing catalogue of linked data ready for application development

What are the advantages?

It makes things easier to look up. It makes things easier to compare, contrast, cross-reference and analyse. And with clever programming, it means you should be able to get the most useful and relevant answers to your query much more quickly. Even if two datasets come from different sources, if they have both been organised as linked data they will have a powerful compatibility. Linked data has usefulness baked-in.

How can it help improve things in Glasgow?

The expanding collection of open data related to Glasgow is compiled from a wide range of sources, each with their own way of organising the information. These datasets are essentially detailed snapshots of one aspect of the city – by ensuring they are linked data, they can be combined to build up an intelligent picture of the city that can help map complex problems and reveal insights about their potential causes … and solutions.

The technical bit

For anyone thinking of developing a programme or application that could utilise linked data relating to Glasgow, the Data Catalogue houses Open Glasgow’s expanding inventory of linked data organised by theme. With a SPARQL1.1 endpoint and a variety of developer APIs available, the information is ready to plug in and go.

The diverting bit

Even if you don’t know your SPARQL from your elbow, it’s still possible to get a sense of the powerful possibilities of linked data with a Glasgow comparison map showing how key statistics about all aspects of life in the city can be quickly and usefully visualised and compared.