Talk of Europe: Creative Camp 3

Creative Camp #3 on “Linking Government Data”

In this week-long event we will work on connecting datasets from and about governments, ranging from parliamentary proceedings and policy documents to news media and social media, and work towards a broad, international, cross-media network of ‘Linked Government’ data.

Deadline for Proposals: August 15, 2015
Creative Camp: October 26-30, 2015.
Location: Koninklijke Bibliotheek / National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague, NL.
Grants are available for travel costs and accommodation of participants with accepted proposals.

Goals and Topics
More and more data from and about governments is available online. To name just a few: parliamentary proceedings [e.g. 1, 2, 3], public financial information [4], news archives [5, 6], social media [7] and thesauri related to these subjects [8]. Some of these are Open Data and some are Linked Open Data. However, very few of these datasets are connected to each other. With this Creative Camp we aim to contribute to a Web of Data in which these diverse but related datasets are connected. We therefore invite researchers from various backgrounds to write a proposal for the creation of links between two or more sources of data and come to the third Talk of Europe Creative Camp to carry out their plans and to collaborate with researchers with similar or complementary research agendas. In addition to a description of the datasets and linking method, proposals should include the purpose of the links: what new research questions can be answered using the linked data? Which new analyses can be done, or which new tools can be built?

Last year, the Talk of Europe project has released a Linked Open Data version of the plenary sessions of the European Parliament [1]. We are of course interested in links to this dataset, but we would like to stress that we accept proposals related to the broad domain of politics, policy and government at any level. The only prerequisite is that proposals result in data that can be made available as Linked Open Data.

We welcome proposals involving all topics that contribute to a Web of “Linked Government data” in some way, including:
-information extraction, event extraction
-named entity detection and entity linking
-topic detection
-linking datasets across different languages
-ontology alignment
-data models and knowledge representation, e.g. of events or of links.

For submission details and more information see the Talk of Europe website