The University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) recently became the United Kingdom's first university department to release all of its public data in an open, linked data format. This includes data about research papers in the Eprints archive, people in the school, research groups, teaching modules, seminars and events, buildings, and rooms.
All public resource description framework data from rdf.ecs.soton.ac.uk and eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk is now available and can be reused for any legal purpose, including derivative works and commercial use. "We believe that in the future this will become common practice for certain types of open data, and it is our responsibility to lead the way in setting the standards of best practice," says ECS's Christopher Gutteridge.
"This announcement will ensure more data is released in the right format to enable new innovative uses of the information," says Southampton professor Nigel Shadbolt.
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