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Why LinkedSDGs?

The availability and access to high-quality, timely, disaggregated and reliable data is fundamental to the successful implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda. Citizen-generated data, as well as data produced by such constituencies as the private sector and local authorities, faces complex challenges in being integrated and used to support monitoring and decision-making to accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

LinkedSDGs provides a foundation for the standard-based data exchange and build a common framework and guidelines to improve the visibility, interoperability and usability of citizen-science data on SDGs.

An Innovative Platform

LinkedSDGs is an innovative platform designed to support the 2030 Agenda implementation by:

  • Making SDG data interoperable using state-of-the-art data modelling techniques and a common system of permanent identifiers for Goals, Targets, Indicators and related statistical series.
  • Promoting data sharing and collaboration among stakeholders who are involved in producing and analyzing SDG data.
  • Providing all stakeholders and public with open source tools to make SDG data interoperable for easier data integration, analysis and monitoring.

How it works

A pilot application, available at LinkedSDGs, showcases the usefulness of adopting semantic web technologies and Linked Open Data (LOD) principles for extracting SDG related metadata from documents and establishing the connections among various SDGs.

The application automatically discovers the semantic links between text documents, relevant SDG entities and the statistical data.

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LinkedSDGs – Key Features
Automatic Extraction of Concepts related to Sustainable Development Goals A unified view of all SDG concepts mentioned in a given document.
Automatic Extraction of Geographical Areas Automatic extraction of country and regional names and visualization on an interactive map.
Interactive SDG wheel chart for most relevant SDG Identification of all the relevant SDGs, which are displayed in an interactive SDG wheel chart that users can further explore by drilling into targets and indicators.
Discoverability of statistical data List of related datasets, linked through human curated semantic annotation that uses terms from standard vocabularies.
Support for Multilingualism Concepts extracted from documents written in any one of the six UN official languages.
Developer Friendly LinkedSDGs is open sourced and the code repositories will be maintained in GitHub for collaboration and code distribution


LinkedSDGs is the product of United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA). It is built upon the United Nations Statistics Division’s (UNSD) existing work in providing guidance towards the use of common data standards to monitor the SDGs, with data engineering support and application hosting from the UN Global Platform for Official Statistics initiative. The project has been made possible through the support of Division for Sustainable Development Goals’ (DSDG) ongoing EU grant entitled “SD2015: delivering on the promise of the SDGs” and the collaboration of the UN’s Dag Hammarskjöld Library. LinkedSDGs contributes to the ongoing project on document standards of the CEB-HLCM, relating in particular to the SDG common identifiers presented by the Secretary-General at the Second CEB Regular Session in November 2019.

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