[okfn-discuss] Semantic Technologies in the Open Spending / Open Economy fields

Alex Shkotin alex.shkotin at gmail.com
Wed Feb 15 09:12:45 UTC 2012

Dear Peio,

why not try to ACE-ify knowledge of this area and get directly OWL-ontology
using APE?

see  http://attempto.ifi.uzh.ch/site/docs/


2012/2/15 Peio Popov <peio at peio.org>

> Dear OKFN,
>  In the recent weeks I am playing and learning more about the general
> idea of applying Semantic Technologies to the public information about
> political funding and spending and the way it relates to the political
> activity.
> My general idea of a project is to RDF-fy and link the open data about the:
> 1. Political parties, their budget subsidies, donations, annual
> budgets, election campaign budgets and donations
> 2. MP's linked to the parties, their profile, parliamentary activity
> and annual tax declarations and
> 3. Public officials and other data - "somehow" linked to the political
> parties and the MPs
> If it sounds too broad and vague - it probably is. I am just reading
> and experimenting for the fun of it.
> What I would like to achieve as a result is something that will enable
> me to perform reasoning and inference based on the semantics of the
> data.
> This kind of tasks are usually assisted by the application of an
> ontology to the dataset so my first question is if you can recommend
> such ontology in the field that I would generally call Linked
> Political/Spending Data?
> I imagine further efforts in this direction would have to involve
> web/text mining and applying semantic annotations according to the
> conceptual models, so if you have any recommendations in this
> directions - please share.
> Does any of these questions sounds like something you already met?
> I will be grateful for any response and general comment that might
> help me in these wanders.
> Peio Popov
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