Linked Data and Semantic Web Technologies are being actively promoted and adopted at a Government level, primarily in the context of Open Data as part of Open Government. Groups working in this area include the eGovernment Interest Group (eGov IG) which is exploring how to improve access to government through better use of the Web and achieve better government transparency using open Web standards at any government level (local, state, national and multi-national).

Putting Government Data online and Publishing Open Government Data provide guidance on publishing government data.

oeGOV - Ontologies for e-Government publishes W3C OWL ontologies for eGovernment.

Below are some more specific examples.

US Government

Barak Obama endorsed Transparency and Open Government. As a part of this provides public access to high value, machine readable US Government datasets.

The Data-gov Wiki re-hosts datasets from in RDF and lists them in the Dataset Catalog .

What’s in

Obama’s Groundbreaking use of the Semantic Web

President Obama uses RDFa

Tim Berners-Lee (Director, W3C) submitted the Linked Open Data proposal in response to the question posed by The Recovery Dialogue "What ideas, tools, and approaches can make a place where the public can monitor the expenditure and use of recovery funds?"

The Web's next act: A worldwide database - government could lead the way

Building Semantic Web Applications for Government - An Exercise

New York City

The New York City Data Mine provides public data sets in a variety of machine-readable formats.


Open Ontology for eGovernment

UK Government

Tim Berners-Lee is helping "drive opening of access to Government data on the web over” as described in the article UK Government Moves to Put Data on the Web.

More RDFa goodness from UK government web-sites

Linked Open Data in a Changing World (In the context of the UK government)


Launches Open Data Site: provides background on the launch of which provides UK Public Sector information and data as RDF with SPARQL queries and is using Drupal.

Why Linked Data for provides some background on why the choice was made to open up the UK government data using Linked Data.

The wraps come off! preview The site is powered by Drupal, with packages catalogued and hosted by CKAN. hosts a data store powered by Talis that can scale to 100 billion triples and is hosted on Amazon EC2. The system is federated, so departments can add and control their own data, lots of which is available as RDF via a SPARQL end point , with the remainder downloadable in spreadsheet form. The Cabinet Office is inviting open data developers to participate in developing applications using data provided by the site.

There is also a SPARQL endpoint for education data at with example queries at

SPARQL endpoints is a combined endpoint that can be used to query across the available RDF data. It includes data also available at the following specific end points.

Ordnance Survey

The Ordnance Survey endpoint ( ) contains topological data for administrative and civil voting areas. Examples of the sorts of queries you can do are here:

Probing the SPARQL endpoint of provides a good step by step approach for determining the type of data accessible at the SPARQL endpoint .

UK Government Data Developers

Australian Government

The Government 2.0 Taskforce is an Australian Government 2.0 initiative detailed further in Open Government Australia .

New Zealand Government

Open Government Information and Data Re-use Project

Government eyes private geo-data