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

From: Thomas Bandholtz <thomas.bandholtz@innoq.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 20:12:20 +0100
Message-ID: <4CEC1214.1060401@innoq.com>
To: Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com>
CC: public-egov-ig@w3.org
Hi Ed,

you are perfectly right. Linked Data is not the only thing (just the one
that excites me most). It is only one of the protocols to be supported
by the Agencies. Feed syndication is complementary, and not less exciting.

We should select a few recommended protocolls and clarify which of them
serves what use case best.
I think Linked Data is about making data accessible, and Feed
Syndication is about spreading news (which might link to some accessible

We had a similar discussion earlier, including Web Services, Web Site
(HTML) and PDF publishing etc etc.
In my personal opinion: Linked Data is going to outdate Web Services,
but we shouldn't focus too much on media types. Most important is we
have human/machine readable interfaces ("content negotiation").
Even publishing CSV data along with a feed or a HTML page would fulfill
the minimum requirements.

However, I feel that this group needs a really focussed charter anyway.
Over the last year we had a rather diffused focus and consequently
diffused results.

Best regards,

Am 23.11.2010 18:32, schrieb Ed Summers:
> 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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