The World Wide Web Foundation was established in 2009 by Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee to tackle the fundamental obstacles to realizing his vision of an open Web available, usable, and valuable for everyone. The Web is the most powerful tool for communication in the history of humanity, creating the potential for all people to participate in building a more peaceful and equitable world.

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Web Index

Designed and produced by the World Wide Web Foundation, the Web Index is the world’s first multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s growth, utility and impact on people and nations. It covers 61 developed and developing countries, incorporating indicators that assess the political, economic and social impact of the Web, as well as indicators of Web connectivity and infrastructure.


The Open Data Barometer takes a multidimensional look at the spread of Open Government Data (OGD) policy and practice across the world. Combining peer-reviewed expert survey data and secondary data sources, the Barometer explores countries readiness to secure benefits from open data, the publication of key datasets, and evidence of emerging impacts from OGD.


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1. Principles and Methodology

2. Vocabulary Selection

In order to reuse definitions of existing vocabularies and ontologies we have selected the following ones to be applied in the promotion of the Web Index to the Linked Data initiative.

Vocabulary Use
SKOS-Simple Knowledge Organization System Definition of concepts (Index, Component, Indicator, etc.) and their relationships to represent the Web Index data
RDF Data Cube Vocabulary Publishing statistical data about indicators.
W3C-Organizations Ontology Publishing information about providers.
The Friend of a Friend (FOAF) project Publishing information about people.
W3C-Time Ontology Modelling time intervals.
Vocabulary of Interlinked Datasets (VoID) Express metadata about RDF datasets.
DCMI Metadata Terms Express metadata about RDF resources, etc.
Linked Geo Data Ontology Reuse of country and region definitions
Semantic Web stack vocabularies and ontologies RDFS, OWL2, XML-Schema, etc.