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Developing LinkedData.org

From: Tom Heath <Tom.Heath@talis.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2008 12:00:28 +0100
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Hi all,

Last year, as it was clear that the Linked Data meme was spreading, I
registered the domain linkeddata.org in order to be sure that it was in
safe hands within the community. Since that time I have made a few
efforts to place some meaningful links at the domain in the hope that
they will be useful, but haven't had the time to do more with it except
set up subdomains to use for events and the new community.linkeddata.org
area.

Mike Bergman recently pointed out that with the momentum behind Linked
Data growing all the time it's becoming increasingly important that we
use this domain effectively as a focal point for the community, a home
for useful resources, and a marketing tool to help encourage the spread
of Linked Data.

I'm happy to continue administering the domain on behalf of the
community, and Mike and I have had some initial ideas about how we as a
community may use the domain, but as active members of the Linked Data
community we would really value your comments/suggestions/input about
how we might move this forward. This email is intended to be the start
of a dialogue on this topic.

The kind of ideas/structure we came up with breaks down in the following
way:

1) (fairly) Static content: such as information about Linked Data; links
to key resources endorsed by the community; badges people could use on
their own sites to promote their support for/publication of Linked Data;
the "cloud" diagram, if Richard is in favour of moving or mirroring
this.

2) Planet Linked Data: blog aggregator on the subject of Linked Data, in
the style of PlanetRDF (with strong cross links to the Linked Data
Planet conference, to avoid confusion!)

3) Community editable content: using the community.linkeddata.org area,
this could link to a broader range of resources, datasets and sites,
tools, best practices, projects, publications, etc etc, plus any other
aspects that people might wish to use from the ODS installation. I don't
know how others feel, but I for one feel that we're outgrowing the space
on the ESW wiki and would benefit to moving this somewhere with more
room for expansion.

With content in all these areas, the home page at linkeddata.org could
simply be pointers to other locations, plus fresh content from the
Planet and the wiki.

Whatever we decide to offer at linkeddata.org in general, it would be
essential that we distribute the authoring and maintenance load among a
number of people, so that a) no one person becomes a bottleneck, and b)
that the site is well rooted in the community at large.

It's worth noting that Mike has raised the possibility of Zitgist
contributing some resources to this effort, perhaps to help with design
work or other skills that we don't necessarily have in great abundance
between us ;) Some support from Talis is also a possibility.

So, that's the background. Please be free, open and honest with comments
and feedback, on any aspect of this issue. My hope is that we can come
up with a rough proposal asap, hopefully in enough time to make some
kind of announcement at LDOW2008 in Beijing.

Very much looking forward to hearing your thoughts,

Cheers,

Tom.

-- 
Tom Heath
Researcher
Platform Team
Talis Information Ltd
T: 0870 400 5000
W: http://www.talis.com/platform
Received on Monday, 14 April 2008 11:01:07 UTC

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