The LOD2 project results presented in “Linked Open Data — Creating Knowledge Out of Interlinked Data"

As part of the LOD2 project, Bert Van Nuffelen, Christian Blaschke and I, wrote a section in the book: “Linked Open Data — Creating Knowledge Out of Interlinked Data”. In our chapter, we focused on recommendations concerning the LOD paradigm, relative to an enterprise application use.


As you may recall, we wrote this blog post presenting the project a few years ago.


LOD2 is a large-scale integrating project funded by the European Commission within the FP7 Information and Communication Technologies Work Program (Grant Agreement No. 257943). Started in September 2010, LOD2 project comprised leading academic and industrial partners from across 11 European countries and South Korea to advance the state of the art in research and development in Linked Data lifecycle management.

During the 4 years of LOD2 project, the Linked Data paradigm has evolved from a practical research idea into a very promising candidate for addressing one of the biggest challenges in the area of intelligent information management: the exploitation of the Web as a platform for data and information integration as well as for search and querying. In fact, Linked Open Data technologies has evolved as a powerful enabler for the transition of the current document-oriented Web into a Web of interlinked Data and, ultimately, into the Semantic Web. As a consequence, an increasing number of data providers has adopted the Linked Data paradigm leading to the creation of a global data market of billions of data facts. In that context LOD2 targets a number of research and industrial challenges to close the performance gap between traditional well adopted and established data management systems, like databases, and emerging new W3C standards based services. To achieve the later goal, LOD2 consortium published LOD2 Stack, an integrated distribution of aligned tools which support the whole life cycle of Linked Data from extraction, authoring/creation via enrichment, interlinking, fusing to maintenance.

Dassault Systèmes was the leader responsible for the coordination of the activities on the integration of the Linked Data in enterprise applications. Thanks to the successful collaboration with the other LOD2 partners, we achieved an application demonstrator in the domain of HR (Human Resources) to showcase a concrete use case of using the Linked Data paradigm in an enterprise application. Moreover, Dassault Systèmes and the LOD2 consortium defined a list of recommendations and best practices to efficiently exploit the semantic possibilities of the Linked Data paradigm in an enterprise environment.

Amar Djalil MEZAOUR
R&D EXALEAD development manager

You can read these recommendations in :Building Enterprise Ready Applications Using Linked Open Data, chapter, pages 155 – 174”.

You can also download the entire book here.