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Re: Linking non-open data

From: Marcus Cobden <lists@marcuscobden.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 00:57:45 +0100
Message-ID: <4807E3F9.3090806@marcuscobden.co.uk>
To: Matthias Samwald <samwald@gmx.at>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>

Matthias Samwald wrote:
> A question that will surely arise in many places when more people get to 
> know about the linked data initiative and the growing infrastructure of 
> linked open data is: how can these principles be applied to 
> organizational data that might not / only partially be open to the 
> public web?

The University of Southampton Elec & CS department practices something 
roughly in this area using content negotiation to redirect people to 
documents containing either internal or external data.
They only expose information in the public documents that is intended to 
be viewed publicly, and the system also takes into account some 
institutional user Data Protection Act preferences.

There's documentation available at [1] though you may want to only look 
at the redirection and content negotiation bits.

> People will soon try to develop practices for selectively 
> protecting parts of their linked data with fine-grained access rights. 
> Could simple HTTP authentication be useful for linked data?

As far as access rights goes the system is very minimal and makes use of 
only IP filtering.

[1] http://id.ecs.soton.ac.uk/docs/

Hope this is of some use.
Marcus Cobden
Received on Thursday, 17 April 2008 23:58:27 UTC

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