Publishing Local 5* Data

This LeGSB guide is currently a draft.  Various Linked Data experts have checked it for us and we have been able to improve it as a result.  The final version will be available soon when we get endorsements and recommendations from other organisations, but for now, here is the draft.


Please give us feedback to this document using the form at the bottom of the page.  You will see that we have also provided further pages to discuss some of the issues and ‘gaps’ that the guide hightlights.

Why do we need this guide?

Feedback from local authorities tells us that, while many wish to publish data in a smarter, joined up way, that will benefit their residents, they have not been able to find relevant material that explains the practicalities of 5* data publishing.

At LGA events across England in March 2013, LeGSB presented the material in this guide to roomfuls of local authority practitioners, who then fed back that they would value it being turned into a proper guide, and were likely to take part in supporting web collaborations.

Using the guide

This is a long document that will take at least half a day to work through and digest. We hope that the reader is rewarded with a confident command of how 5* data publishing can be applied to local data, towards a data ecosystem that supports efficiency, transformation and transparency or local services.

Help us to improve the standards and techniques

The LeGSB guide raises topics where we provide more information, invite local authorities and linked data expertise to collaborate on

  • tools and methods for modelling;
  • data formats to respond with when dereferencing URIs;
  • options for triplestores;
  • describing quality and provenance;
  • patterns for common scenarios such as statistics;

The guide demonstrates that 5* data publishing requires external data to link to – made up of definitions of concepts, and identifiers for ‘things’.  To create a data ecosystem, we need to collaborate to determine


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