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Re: Environmental LOD [was: Re: New Charter]

From: Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 12:32:29 -0500
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To: public-egov-ig@w3.org
I am interested in continuing participation in this group. I think
having a w3c group that's focused on the use of web technologies in
government is incredibly important.

However, I am not interested in the group focusing exclusively on
Linked Data (aka RDF, SPARQL). I think we need to look at the role of
egov in the web ecosystem in a holistic and pragmatic way. For
example, I am interested in promoting the the thoughtful use of feed
syndication in egov. This seems to fall outside the scope of what
people typically mean when they say Linked Data. Yet I think
syndication is incredibly important when it comes to timely
distribution of egov information.

I'm also interested in getting government institutions to embrace
putting their "hugged" databases online, with thoughtful use of URLs,
with machine (as well as human) readable data at those URLs, so that
we can start to get more "registries" online. Once people have made
the leap to putting their data online, with persistent cool URLs, then
we can start talking RDF, etc.

Perhaps I'm jumping to conclusions that there would ever be such a
focus exclusively on Linked Data. I thought I heard rumblings of
rechartering with a focus on Linked Data, and I would like to go on
record as opposing that sort of move -- if it were to be proposed :-)

//Ed
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