EC DG Employment invited me to come an explain the opportunities in semantic technologies (and linked open data). So that’s what I did on Wednesday, March the 16th 2011 in Brussels. The audience was a mix of Public Employment Service assistant directors and ICT liaison officers.
Mrs. Wallis Goelen from DG Employment did the introduction. After me the president of the HR-XML consortium Romuald Restout explained what this standard is about. DG Employment also explained the plans with ESCO, CV and vacancy standardization effort.
Most of the EU countries where represented. I talked for 20 minutes; the conference was more than 2 days. I explained that the world is moving from a web of documents to a web of data. I showed that the right standards (URI, RDF, OWL, SKOS, …) are in place to make sure that the work allocation process (matching vacancies with CV’s) can be supported – in the broadest sense of the word – by these new technologies and standards:
- Data Exchange (CV and vacancy, of course),
- Application of the knowledge available in ontologies, taxonomies, thesauruses, controlled vocabularies, …
- Enrich, interlink information relevant to the process .
Part of my talk dealt with the idea of Open Government Data too. The PES representatives briefly received an introduction to:
- Recovering data waste,
- Open government policy,
- Enable data reuse,
- reduce costs, …
Through raising hands the majority of the participants made clear that they are convinced that the technologies presented are relevant to them.