Workshop on

Linked Open Data: Improving SME Competitiveness and Generating New Value

2nd September 2014, Leipzig, Germany


Workshop Scope: Although the availability of openly accessible public data has dramatically increasing and the technology and infrastructure are being developed at a fast pace, the issue of positioning SMEs in the conditions of adequately leverage Linked Open Data (LOD) to improve their competitiveness is still far from being solved.

Affordability of costs and efforts for converting and renovating Public Sector Information (PSI) is still a challenge, and therefore SMEs, that are the backbone of the European economy, are lagging behind the exploitation of the full potential of LOD.

The LinDA project, co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, aims at supporting SMEs efforts to effectively adopt LOD in their pursuit of competitiveness by providing a complete set of tools for publication, consumption and visualization of linked data that can be used with the limited technical resources of a small organization.

The proposed workshop’s objective is to provide some of the key stakeholders in the field – namely SMEs, researchers, developers, and public sector decision makers – a chance to share their views on how European SMEs can sustainably leverage LOD for creating new opportunities for growth and enhanced competitiveness, collaborate with each other and exchange experiences from the domain.


Topics Covered (but not limited to)

  • Linked Data for SMEs
  • Managing the Data Life cycle in the SME environments
  • Analytics for Improving Business Knowledge using Linked Data
  • Transforming Data to Open and Linked formats
  • Business Collaboration through Data Sharing and Alignment


Short Papers Submission: Papers must be in English, describe original work addressing one of the topics listed above and their length should be between 3-5 pages. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed. Authors should submit their contributions by email to the Workshop Chairs ( , )


Important Dates:

15 July 2014                        Deadline for Short Paper Submission

20 July 2014                         Notification of acceptance

14 August 2014                   Camera-ready versions

2nd September 2014 Workshop