Free event – Exploiting Open Data with MELODIES

  • Date - October 11-13, 2016
  • Cost - Free
  • Location - Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre - 135-137 Rue du Midi B-1000 , Brussels, Belgium

A free European data conference is being held from October 11-13, on the opportunities and challenges presented by Open Data in the environmental field.

Following three years of research and innovation, the MELODIES project will be hosting the three-day conference, sharing some of the challenges of using environmental Open Data in Europe – as well as the techniques and the solutions that the consortium of 16 academic and industrial partners have developed to combat them.

The event is aimed at:

  • Data managers – who will learn more about handling Open Data and Linked Data in the environmental sector
  • Policymakers – who will learn about the positive impacts of Open Data on innovation in Europe and internationally
  • Software developers and application builders – who will learn about new tools for storing, manipulating and visualizing geospatial Open Data and Linked Data
  • Scientists – who will learn about the opportunities for collaboration that Linked Open Data provides.

The keynote speakers are:

This is a free event, with limited places available.

The timetable is:

Day 1: Liberating Open Data (PM only)

Keynote speeches from industry experts which will address topics such as:

  1. What are the benefits of opening up data?
  2. What challenges are there to overcome?
  3. What are the lessons learnt from the MELODIES project?
  4. What’s in the future for Open Data?

Followed by a panel discussion and networking reception

Day 2: Open Data Services (Full day)

Examples of using European Open Data to generate services in both the commercial and academic world. The day will consist of presentations and demonstrations of applications, servicestools and platform developed in the MELODIES project which use open data in order to tackle environmental problems and drive business. The presentations will focus on the broader experiences of using open data to create services and there will also be lots of time for 1-on-1 discussions with the individual service creators.

Day 3: Open Data Tools (Full day)

A day of lectures and hands-on tutorials to teach attendees about the open-source tools developed in the MELODIES project.

These include tools for converting geospatial data to Linked Open Data, serving data via standard web protocols (e.g. SPARQL), visualizing data and building interactive data-driven websites.


The project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement number 603525.

MELODIES – Maximizing the Exploitation of Linked Open Data in Enterprise and Science – is coordinated by the IEA’s CTO, Dr Jon Blower at the University of Reading.

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