Florian Bauer

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), Operations & IT Director

Florian oversees the day-to-day operations of REEEP as well as the  clean energy information portal www.reegle.info which has emerged as a key access point for high quality energy information and data sets. Prior to joining REEEP, Florian worked as a project manager and consultant for Siemens Austria, where he managed intercultural projects, and he also founded a web design firm in 2003.
Florian Bauer holds a Master's Degree in IT Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Software Engineering from the Vienna University of Technology.

 

Talk Title: 
Unleashing climate and energy knowledge with Linked Open Data and consistent terminology
Talk Abstract: 

The world actually already has virtually all of the data it needs to manage the energy and climate transformation. However, this information is not currently accessible to those who need it most. Policy-makers lack the best data to support decisions, and investors and project developers cannot easily identify and exploit the best opportunities. There are two reasons for this:

  1. Information is scattered in silos – largely in “closed” databases at public, private and academic institutions around the world. Most institutions still share the traditional view that data is an asset. Thus, they also believe that holding data privately and restricting access to it actually creates value for the owner.
  2. Every human being and organisation naturally classifies and categorises things in a way that fits their own world view. This means that the information is not indexed or tagged consistently, and that there is no universal library-style catalogue or directory of the content that is (and is not) available.

Opening up and linking data (Open Data), and then categorising it automatically using consistent terms based on common thesauri ("controlled vocabularies") can help dissolve both of these barriers. Government data on everything from energy consumption to traffic, population and infrastructure is already in the public domain. Making it all available for public re-use is a first step that can unleash whole new waves of development. In parallel, using consistent terminology to classify all online resources - whether public or private - will improve collaboration between companies, across sectors and regions.
The presentation will

  • explain why opening up data and increasing consistency in describing knowledge is essential for the energy transformation
  • give an overview on existing examples of beneficial (linked) open data cooperations,
  • show how terms based on common thesauri can help to increase consistency in describing and tagging documents
  • demonstrate how free and easy to integrate services (such as the reegle tagging API) can help to connect knowledge brokers
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