Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy-makers face today technical difficulties that become strategic challenges: data on STI activities is scattered around several non—interoperable sources (e.g., R&D project repositories, patent and bibliometric databases) and it is classified within categories which are i. not transversal across data sources and ii. not relevant for an effective decision—making process in most of the cases.
We all know that Linked Data needs links to shared definitions for places, person, topic, events, and so on. At the Dutch Digital Heritage Network (NDE) we developed a finding aid which helps data maintainers to quickly find URIs for the strings in their data. This generic tool, the Network-of-Terms, uses SPARQL to search real time for relevant definitions in multiple sources. It offers a GraphQL API for implementation in registration systems and a Reconcilation API for bulk processing.