BEST PRACTICE AND ExAMPLES
LINKED OPEN DATA: THE ESSENTIALS
4.4. Solar Atlas for the Mediterranean:
Socio-Economic Data Integration
Solar Atlas for the Mediterranean platform publishing and
Originally, the “Solar Atlas for the Mediterranean” (Solar-Med-Atlas)
was built to provide online resources for global horizontal
and direct normal irradiance data for the southern and eastern
Mediterranean region. The portal features a section on socio-economic
country proﬁles for renewable energies and energy eﬃciency,
consuming Linked Open Data that is published by the project partners.
Currently, data is available for 11 countries, with topics ranging
from energy consumption to energy production to average price of
electricity and regulatory frameworks.
The Solar-Med-Atlas is available to all interested public in the ﬁeld of solar
potential in the region, however is geared towards solar energy project
planners and implementers. It also serves as an information platform
for policy makers and others working with solar and renewable energy.
The socio-economic pages were included to provide another layer of
information for these audiences, informing them not only about the
solar potential, but also the country backgrounds.
Due to technical restrictions, the data published within this project
is hosted on data.reeep.org
. REEEPs online data store is used to host
project partners’ data, which is available for everyone to be reused under
the Open Government Licence through the SPARQL endpoint using RDF.
The socio-economic part of the online platform then in turn consumes
the LOD from data.reeep.org. The data is published as a website
widget, which can also be implemented into other websites that do
not have the possibility to consume LOD.
The Solar Med Atlas Project is led by the German Aerospace Center
(DLR), in collaboration Geomodel, Transvalor, Armines, RCREEE, OME,