Modernising Energy Data Access – Your Online Data Architecture

Published: 9 July 2020

The Modernising Energy Data Access competition was launched in July 2020 with Siemens, Icebreaker One and Electron leading the three successful Discovery projects.

Your Online Data Architecture

Energy Systems Catapult have been working with Siemens and the National Innovation Centre for Data to deliver ‘Your Online Data Architecture’ as part of the Modernising Energy Data Access competition.

Your Online Data Architecture will deliver a ‘digitally integrated energy system’ which supports a Common Data Architecture concept. Underpinning the vision is an implementation of the open-data platform, constructed upon the requirements of the users and employing a sector specific metadata standard to drive commonality, enabling data-exchange.

The platform will be constructed upon the three relevant building blocks identified within the report ‘Energy Data Taskforce: A Strategy for a Modern Digitalised Energy System’ – incorporating an asset registration strategy, data catalogue and digital system mapping.

Energy Systems Catapult have delivered 3 reports as part of this project which have been made openly available below.

Your Online Data Architecture – Data Best Practice Principles – DOWNLOAD HERE

The Energy Data Taskforce was able to make 5 key recommendations in the movement towards ‘A Modern Digitalised Energy System, with the aligned integration points of the YODA project being;

  • Metadata structure (Including convergences towards an ontology approach)
  • Glossary of business terms (Linking with the Reference Data Library)
  • Enabling access to datasets (Authentication and Security)


Your Online Data Architecture – Data Licensing and Standardisation – DOWNLOAD HERE

Data Licences are essential to ensure that both data providers and data consumers understand what data can be used for and are protected from legal ambiguity. Within this section we discuss the licencing and associated warranty statements / liability wavers which are currently in use, what standards exists and what has been identified as a core user need from stakeholder workshops.


Your Online Data Architecture – Metadata and Supporting Information Requirement – DOWNLOAD HERE

The data best practice guidance which was developed as part of the Modernising Energy Data programme, has specifically called out Metadata and Supporting information as key parts of Data Best Practice.

In the following report, we will discuss the investigation which has been conducted during this discovery phase and make some clear recommendations for challenges which must be addressed in the Alpha project.