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Re: imdb as linked open data?

From: Sergey Chernyshev <lodlist.w3c.org@antispam.sergeychernyshev.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2008 11:46:53 -0500
Message-ID: <9984a7a70804030946o77bb4ba7t70e557b537770116@mail.gmail.com>
To: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
Yes, it's exactly the thing I was thinking about - what is the business
model (or at least approach that can bring money) for content providers to

   1. create data
   2. release it under open (or not so open) license so other parties can
   freely use it
   3. and spend money on RDFizing it

I think, until this is resolved, Semantic Web is not going to blossom and go
far beyond open data.

Publishers are fighting for attention because current business model is
based on advertising (other models like micropayments, payment propagation
from ISPs to content providers and so on didn't work out). That's why they
are happy to give money and optimize their content to Google standards for
SEO purposes, but what will make them RDFize their data?

But in reality it's not all that bad - RSS showed that people are interested
in opening their content and adding structure to it if users come back to
their site to enjoy full experience. It's just a question of what level of
open data will those big (or not so big) publishers open to public and at
which point will users need to go back to their site to see the ads. Or
maybe see the ads withing the consuming application?

In any case, I think it's a big question worth discussing, unfortunately I
didn't see any business-related sessions on LinkedData Planet.


On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 10:48 AM, Hugh Glaser <hg@ecs.soton.ac.uk> wrote:

> On 03/04/2008 12:41, "Kingsley Idehen" <kidehen@openlinksw.com> wrote:
> > Hugh Glaser wrote:
> ...
> >> Hugh
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> > Hugh,
> >
> > This is an example of many to come, where LOD needs to pitch the value
> > of Linked Data to Information Publishers :-) I think they will
> > ultimately publish and host their own RDF Linked Data once the intrinsic
> > value is clear to them.
> And when there is also actual extrinsic value? :-)
> But yes, and making it easy for them, possibly by actually doing it for
> them, is part of the bootstrap process.
> The thing I am trying to work out is exactly how to make the pitch that
> fits
> with their business model, and where their profit line might come from.
> This requires a serious understanding of the detailed business model for
> the
> company in question (which is not necessarily a skill the an academic SW
> researcher has!).
> We also have similar LOD installations for CORDIS (the EU funding
> agencies'
> DB), NSF (a US funding agency), EPSRC (a UK funding agency), and ACM,
> among
> others. We have now engineered them so that they can be moved to the
> Information Publisher if desired. Such organisations sometimes have it as
> part of their remit to publicise the results, so they should be easier to
> deal with, in theory.
> If anyone has a ready conduit to the appropriate place in such
> organisations, we would be delighted to talk with them, showing them what
> might be done.
> >
> > --
> >
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Kingsley Idehen       Weblog: http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/~kidehen<http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/%7Ekidehen>
> > President & CEO
> > OpenLink Software     Web: http://www.openlinksw.com
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >

Sergey Chernyshev
Received on Thursday, 3 April 2008 16:47:58 UTC

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