Linked Development

This platform has been developed as an incubator for a number of linked datasets of value to the International Development community.

It currently hosts data from:

And draws upon a number of other key datasets. There are three ways to access the data here:

  • Via SPARQL - the query language for linked data
  • By dereferencing selected URIs - giving access to human and machine-readable data
  • Via a simple API - based on the IDS API for accessing data on publications

Why linked data?

Linked data is an approach to publishing data on the web. Linked data uses URIs to identify entities in a dataset, and returns machine-readable data when those URIs are looked up (dereferenced). When different datasets use shared identifiers to represent items and properties then it becomes easier to combine datasets from difference sources.

Unlike conventional databases or spreadsheet formats, which constrain how data can be represented, forcing it into columns, rows and pre-defined schema, linked data uses a graph structure to represent data, making it very extensible. That means that when data is brought together from different sources it does not have to adopt a lowest common denominator approach to data integration, but allows flexibility in how data is stored and combined.

Who are we?

The Linked Development project is supported by Research4Development for DFID and carried out by CABI, IDS, Practical Participation and Swirrl.

Questions can be directed to

Recent Updates

24th March 2014 Platform beta release.

Migrated to use Swirrl's Publish My Data platform.

API Rewriten by Swirrl using Ruby on Rails.

11th June 2013 Alpha release with basic SPARQL and browse features.

10th Jan 2013 Proof of concept release for Research2Impact Hack


The Linked Development site is currently under active development.

This should be considered an beta release.