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

From: Anne L. Washington <washingtona@acm.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 22:05:46 -0500 (EST)
To: Chris Beer <chris@e-beer.net.au>, Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com>
cc: "public-egov-ig@w3.org" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <alpine.DEB.1.00.1011232131470.22284@anneasus>
+1 to Chris' +1 to Ed!

While I don't object specifically to Linked Data,
any technology needs to be considered broadly
with a focus on its application in government.

I was recently reminded of Tim Berners Lee's star system [1].
Ed knows more about it. [2]

I for one, would be happy to expand that simple system with
deeper and more varied examples as a product of this group.

The world doesn't need more long definitions about
what "open" means.  The government technologist needs to be
pointed towards specific tools that can achieve "openness".
Linked data is a strong tool, but merely one in that kit.
We need to offer solutions for those who have less control
over their technology and operating environments but
WHO ARE INTERESTED in moving things along.

Providing context for egov is a lot like those issues
encountered in eScience, as scientists who create
large datasets struggle to determine who, how
and why share data. [3]

I feel there is a role for this group to provide
an understanding of the technology and
the bigger picture.
and yes,
I am interested in continuing to participate too!

[1] http://lab.linkeddata.deri.ie/2010/star-scheme-by-example/
[2] http://inkdroid.org/journal/2010/06/04/the-5-stars-of-open-linked-data/
[3] Christine L. Borgman. Research Data: Who will share what, with whom, 
when, and why? http://works.bepress.com/borgman/238/

Berners-Lee STARS
*     make your stuff available on the web (whatever format)
**    make it available as structured data
***   non proprietary formats
****  use URIs to identify things, so people can point
***** link your data to other people˘s data to provide context

Anne L. Washington
Standards work - W3C egov 
Academic work - George Washington University

On Wed, 24 Nov 2010, Chris Beer wrote:

> +1 the focus needs to be e-Gov, not just LOD.
> Chris Beer (iPhone)
> On 24/11/2010, at 4:32, Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com> wrote:
>> 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
Received on Wednesday, 24 November 2010 03:07:23 UTC

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