We endeavour to publish all lists and associated data as Linked Data according to principles described on the Linked Data Website.
You don't have to know anything about linked data and the underlying technologies to make use of the controlled lists in the Local Government Business Model (LGBM). You can view them online and download them as Word documents, spreadsheets and in esd-toolkit's standard XML format. But if you want to use semantic web techniques to exploit LGBM and link to linked data elsewhere on the web, read on...
When data is expressed on web servers across the Internet as linked data, it may be treated as one giant database that can be queried with the SPARQL language in just the same way as the Structured Query Language (SQL) can be used to query a traditional database. For this to work linked data is expressed in the Resource Description Format (RDF)according to documented ontonolies.
esd offers a SPQRQL end point for querying its linked data at http://doc.esd.org.uk/sparql.ashx. A form showing a sample query and allowing you to test your own SPARQL query is given at: http://doc.esd.org.uk/sparqlform.aspx.