The 1st Summer School on Smart Cities and Linked Open Data (LD4SC-15)

The 1st Summer School on Smart Cities and Linked Open Data (LD4SC-15) will be held from June 7th to 12th 2015 at Residencia Lucas Olazábal of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Cercedilla, a municipality of the autonomous community of Madrid in central Spain.

The LD4SC-15 summer school has the main goal of teaching people from industry and academia in an easy and guided way how to use Linked Open Data technologies in the domain of smart cities, facilitating through a simple approach a first contact with these technologies. This summer school is the first one organized in this topic worldwide and is supported by the READY4SmartCities FP7 Coordination and Support Action.

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The main topics that will be covered in the summer school will be:

  • Linked Open Data in Smart cities
  • Linked Data generation and publication
  • Vocabularies for Linked Data
  • Open data portals
  • Linked Data exploitation

By the end of the summer school, students will:

  • Understand the role of Open Data and Linked Open Data in Smart cities.
  • Know how to generate and publish Open Linked Data from some existing data source.
  • Know how to define and reuse vocabularies that can be used to represent Linked Data.
  • Know about the different existing open data portals and be able of using them.
  • Know the different alternatives for using Linked Data in the context of smart cities.
  • Have followed the whole process of generating and publishing Open Linked Data with some existing data set.

With the objective of avoiding passive learning, the summer school will contain three types of lessons:

  1. Keynotes to show novel aspects and discuss selected topics.
  2. Theoretical lessons to introduce the basic foundations of each topic, methods, and technologies.
  3. Hands-on sessions where students will follow the whole process of generating and publishing Open Linked Data with some existing data set by using the methods and technologies presented in the theoretical lessons.

In order to consolidate the knowledge and skill learned during the summer school, students will participate in hands-on sessions. For the hands-on sessions, students will work in pairs and are encouraged to bring to the summer school some data set produced by their organizations in order to leave the summer school with the data set transformed into Linked Data.

Students will be provided with digital copies of all the material used during the course and will have access to computers with all the required software pre-installed.



Raúl García-Castro

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)

Dr. Raúl García-Castro is Assistant Professor and his research focuses on the benchmarking of semantic technologies, ontological engineering, and application integration. For further information, please visit his personal website »

Dimitrios Tzovaras

Information Technologies Institute (ITI) (Greece)

Dimitrios Tzovaras is a Senior Researcher (Researcher A') and the Director of the Information Technologies Institute (ITI) at the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). For further information, please visit his personal website »

Asunción Gómez-Pérez
(Local Organizer)

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)

Prof. Dr. Asunción Gómez-Pérez is Full Professor, director of the OEG and director of AI department. Her research focuses on ontological engineering. For further information, please visit her personal website »

How to Apply

We welcome students from anywhere in the world and coming from industry or academia. Some basic acquaintance with software development and Web technologies is required. Students are expected to participate fully in the activities of the school until its conclusion.

Due to the practical orientation of the summer school and to the effort needed to supervise and tutor students, the number of students in the summer school will be limited to 50.

The cost of the attending the LD4SC Summer School is 450€, including lectures and hands-on sessions, accommodation, meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), social events and excursion.

Important Dates

Registration opens: 26 January 2015
Registration closes: 22 March 2015 *Extended - positions still available!*
Notification: 31 March 2015
Payment: from 10 May to 20 May 2015

Invited speakers and tutors


The Summer School on Smart Cities and Linked Open Data (LD4SC-15) will be held at Cercedilla (Madrid), which is a small village in the mountains, near Madrid.

The event will take place at the Residencia Lucas Olazábal of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, which is located in Cercedilla, in the forest of the Sierra de Guadarrama, in a place known as Las Dehesas de Cercedilla, which is 50 km. far from Madrid, and 15 km far from Navacerrada.

Going to Cercedilla from Madrid-Barajas airport

The nearest airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas. Once you are in Madrid, the best option to go to Cercedilla is by train. The estimated time of the whole trip (from Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport to Cercedilla Residence) is around 2 hours.

Taking the train to Cecerdilla

If you reach to Terminals 1, 2 or 3 in Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport
Go to the metro station and take take line 8 (the pink line on the map) to Nuevos Ministerios statin. Leave the metro station and go to the train station (Cercanías Renfe). Then take line C8B to Cercedilla.

If you reach to Terminal 4 in Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport
Go to the train station and take line C1 to Chamartín. Then take line C8B to Cercedilla.

Getting to the Residence From Cercedilla

The train depot in Cercedilla is 1.5 km away from the Residence. You should take a taxi to get to the residence. Here are numbers for Taxis in Cercedilla:
(+34) 61 980 64 52
(+34) 65 026 30 43
(+34) 61 922 62 72

Besides, members of the summer school will be giving direction of how to get a taxi on the train station.

If there is nobody waiting for you at the Cecerdilla train station, please phone the following numbers:
(+34) 91 852 23 78
(+34) 91 858 20 06

Going by car to he Residence

From Madrid, motorway A-6 until the exit El Escorial, Guadarrama. Take direction Guadarrama until crossroads with the old N-6 (it is a crossroads with traffic lights where you can see El Piquio Hotel). Turn left and cross Guadarrama village until Cercedilla indication (it is a road on the right, next to a headquarters). Go straight on road until Cercedilla. When you pass the Cercedilla’s train station, go straight on next crossroads Las Dehesas – La Fuenfría direction. When you arrive to forest information turn right following Residencia Lucas Olazábal UPM direction.

Residencia Lucas Olazábal