Information is standardised and linkable

Each resource below is listed by type, and details the resource name, owner (in brackets), brief description and link.

This resource base is intended to be a ‘living document’. If you wish to contribute a resource or comment on the accuracy of any of these resources please email:


Designing URI Sets for the UK Public Sector (Cabinet Office) – this document defines the design considerations and guidance by which UK public sector Universal Resource Identifier (URI) sets should be developed and maintained. They are designed both to encourage those that definitively own reference data to make it available for re-use, and to give those that have data that could be linked, the confidence to re-use a URI set that is not under their direct control.

Linked Open Data 5 stars (Tim Berners-Lee) – this year, to encourage people, especially government data owners, along the road to good linked data, Tim Berners-Lee has developed this star rating system.

NHS Data Model and Dictionary (NHS Digital) – example of corporate data standards from NHS Digital.


e-Government Metadata Standard (PDF, 0.09MB)

The e-Government Metadata Standard, published by Cabinet Office, is a definition of the metadata elements that should be applied to public sector information assets.

Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary (Cabinet Office) – an encoding scheme for populating the e-GMS ‘subject’ element of metadata.

INSPIRE directive (European Commission) – in Europe a major recent development has been the entering in force of the INSPIRE Directive in May 2007, establishing an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe to support community environmental policies, and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment.

Resource Description Framework (W3C) – RDF is a standard model for data interchange on the Web. RDF extends the linking structure of the Web to use URIs to name the relationship between things as well as the two ends of the link (this is usually referred to as a ‘triple’). Using this simple model, it allows structured and semi-structured data to be mixed, exposed, and shared across different applications.

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) – the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative is an open organisation supporting innovation in metadata design and best practices across the metadata ecology.