Show me the data! Seminar on Innovative Approaches to Turn Statistics into Knowledge 2009 (OECD, US Census Bureau, World Bank)

July 28, 2009 | by Aaron

(Update 20091005 – I gave the same talk at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and Barcamp Vancouver 2009, in case you end up on this page from either source)

We recently presented at the Turning Statistics Into Knowledge conference, jointly organized by the US Census Bureau, the OECD and the World Bank, on July 15-16 in DC at the Census Bureau. Here is a pdf of it including our speaking notes, or you can click through it below, sadly without notes (goto the slideshare site to see the notes).

I promised a number of people links to non-technical to technical primers, here we go:


  1. Very straight-forward overview, very good for sharing with non-technical people:
  2. Very quick one-pager, “The “Semantic Web”: a low-fat, no-nonsense introduction” by @ajubdeen
  3. Original article from Tim Berners-Lee showing his vision.
  4. CNN Making sense of the ’semantic Web’
  5. Tim Berners-Lee 2009 TED talk on Linked Data


  1. Largely non-technical, injects a few buzzwords, “Quick Linked Data Introduction” by Michael Hausenblas
  2. Understanding the New Web Era: Web 3.0, Linked Data, Semantic Web by Richard MacManus, summarizing a multi-part overview by Greg Boutin


  1. An excellent overview “Linked Data Tutorial” by Michael Hausenblas
  2. 30 Minute Guide to RDF and Linked Data by Ian Davis and Tom Heath

After that, you’re off to the races!

(but as I said, just send us an email if you have questions or wanted to talk about it some more)

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