Internal Projects

Linked Open Data Infrastructure

Data is the fuel that powers the World Wide Web. Huge global corporations realize that it is the most valuable commodity today, converting it into massive financial rewards for the few. For the Solidarity Economy, it can power the growth of our movement, and help to claw back some of what has been taken from us by global capitalism.

Data can help us grow by documenting what is out there, for example with maps, by making our movement more visible, and by providing statistics to chart progress, and much more. More people will use the alternatives if they are easier to find. Data about and for the benefit of the Solidarity Economy can help us regain lost ground by powering platforms to provide alternatives to the global giants (Airbnb, Uber, Deliveroo).

ISE has undertaken a detailed study of the role that Linked Open Data can play in this arena, harnessing the power of the Semantic Web. We have produced experimental Linked Open Data describing over 13,000 UK co-operative outlets, based on the open dataset published by Co-ops UK. This data has been deployed in a “triple store” (database for Linked Open Data), with a SPARQL endpoint (for querying the data over the web). We have produced a map application that is powered by queries made to this SPARQL endpoint.

For more information, see our Linked Open Data Strategy.

Collaboration with STIR Magazine

We’ve sponsored and have been guest-editing a special issue of STIR: The Magazine for the New Economy. STIR is a quarterly magazine edited by Jonathan Gordon-Farleigh which addresses a broad range of economic and political justice issues.

STIR always has incredible art work, so we were pleased to work with illustrator Luke Carter on a new logo for 2017!

This year we’re hoping to work further with STIR on some educational workshops. Watch this space…