Linking Government Data

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Official Statistics and the Practice of Data Fidelity

  • Richard CyganiakAffiliated withDERI, NUI Galway, IDA Business Park, Lower Dangan Email author 
  • , Michael HausenblasAffiliated withDERI, NUI Galway, IDA Business Park, Lower Dangan
  • , Eoin McCuircAffiliated withCentral Statistics Office

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Official statistics are the “crown jewels” of a nation’s public data. They are the empirical evidence needed for policy making and economic research. Statistics offices are also among the most data-savvy organisations in government and often have a strong history of publishing data in electronic form. There is hardly any analytical task involving government data that doesn’t require some statistical data, such as population figures or economic indicators. At the same time, the handling of statistical data as Linked Data requires particular attention in order to maintain its integrity and fidelity. This chapter gives an introduction to the field of official statistics, discusses the modelling of statistical data in RDF including its integration with other kinds of government data, tools for data conversion and publishing of statistics as Linked Data, and methods for using statistical data in queries, reports, and visualisations.