Life of (linked data) Alumni at #oSoc16


My name is Umut. And I’ll start first about the first week that went blazingly fast.
Starting at day one, I had to wake up early at 7 a.m. Got to pick the train fast from Gent-Sint-Pieters to Brussel-Noord.


Gotta Go Fast

Once arrived at the Selor office, we got a nice introduction from PJ and Lara what everyone will be doing during the #oSoc16.
The funny thing is, I didn’t have any idea in which team I was.
After asking around, I’ve found out my team consisted only out of two people. I and Miguel.
As a #oSoc15 alumni, I would like to tell about linked data and the project I’m working on together with Miguel at #oSoc16.

If you want to know about the previous project I’ve been working on.
Please check out this blogpost I had made.

Linked data

What’s linked data?
Linked data represents data that’s simply connected with other data.
Which leads to more valuable and meaningful data.

With the following example, I’m sure you’ll understand what it means.

John | Is a Friend of | James
James | Likes | Sport
Jill | Likes | Snowboarding
Snowboarding | Is a | Sport

From the RDF triples above, we now know more about Jill.
She likes snowboarding. Snowboarding is a sport.
So she likes to sport and James also likes to sport. Both like sporting.

The project

Our project is creating a converter for the Federal Public Service for Information and Communication Technology or simply Fedict.
The tool needs to convert WSDL services provided by Fedict to DCAT datasets.


Both are used for representing data. But when getting in details things change drastically.

WSDL or Web Service Description Language is an XML-language used for describing the interface of web services.

DCAT or Data CATalog is a way to provide context or metadata for your datasets. By using DCAT, others can easily find and search across all the published datasets in a unified way.

Progress so far

The first week went great. We’ve been successful in completion of the base for the tool.
For converting WSDL to DCAT we utilized XSLT.

Next steps

To start, it will be easy to use, by deploying as JAR, BAT and shell files for developers.
After that, a web interface will be created. In this web interface, normal users will be able to search and view DCAT files with ease.

Wiki page

If you want to try it out or simply look inside the code, please visit the wiki page on GitHub:

Big thanks!

For reading to this end, here is a (somewhat) linked data potato.



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