The World-Wide Web Consortium (W3C) together with the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Open Data Institute, are pleased to invite you to join a jointly organized workshop to discuss how we can realize the promise of open data on the web.

  • What?: Open Data on the Web Workshop (for more, see topics below)
  • When?: 23-24 April 2013
  • Where?: Google Campus, 4-5 Bonhill Street, London EC2 4BX
  • Deadline for applications: Sunday 3rd March – see below for how to apply!
  • Hashtag: #odw2013

About the Workshop

An Open Data strategy is increasingly recognised as key for any business that uses the Web as a channel for delivering goods and services.In addition to government transparency and efficiency, open data has substantial economic potential, and if cultivated correctly can be a sustainable engine for the rapidly expanding digital economy.

At this workshop, participants will discuss their experiences of realizing this aim and identify what’s needed to make it easier. The main topics of the Workshop will be:

  • discoverability;
  • transformation (to other formats);
  • combinations of data from different models (e.g. linked data and CSV);
  • quality assessment and self-description;
  • extracting human-readable “stories” from data.

You can find out more about the topics for the workshop here.

Participants will also be helping prioritize W3C’s agenda in the area of data on the Web at a time when a number of working groups have either completed or are close to completing their charters.


The workshop will include a mixture of presentations, panel discussions and Q&A. It will be structured but informal with plenty of chance to chat. To ensure productive discussions, the workshop is limited to 80 attendees.

In order to participate, you have to submit a short position paper (1-5 pages). These are not academic papers but descriptions of the problem you’d like the workshop to discuss and the presentation you would like to offer. ‘Papers’ can be as simple as a short description of a tool or service to be demonstrated and the technologies used. The idea is to make sure that you have an active interest in the contents of the workshop.

Deadline: Sunday 3 March. Each organization or individual wishing to participate must submit a position paper explaining their interest in the workshop by Sunday 3 March.

Full Details on how to Participate and Application Process »

We hope to see you there!

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Rufus Pollock is Founder and President of Open Knowledge.