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Re: More ESWC 2008 Linked Data Playground

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Jun 2008 12:42:33 -0400
Message-ID: <4842D179.1040004@openlinksw.com>
To: David Huynh <dfhuynh@alum.mit.edu>
CC: public-lod@w3.org

David Huynh wrote:
> Kingsley Idehen wrote:
>> Amen to Dog-fooding!
>> I hope we are getting closer to the day when the dialog sample below 
>> becomes the norm:
>> Technology Vendor or Proponent: I am a vendor and/or proponent of 
>> Technology X that unveils the virtues of a given paradigm e.g Linked 
>> Data
>> Technology Customer: Do you exploit the virtues of the technology 
>> yourself? If so, please show me how.
>> The scenario above is very different from the general practice which 
>> always omits the vital "Dog-fooding" aspect :-(
> Kingsley,
> I think there's more to this than just "people generally don't eat 
> their own dogfood." This is a special case that we can analyze in its 
> own context.
> To the sysadmin/author of a web site--even a pro-SW site in this case, 
> there is no immediate feedback when they forget to publish the same 
> data in RDF. No harm, but no benefit, either. In fact, nothing happens 
> immediately either way. In the absence of any feedback, it's easy to 
> forget, and hard to justify the extra effort.
> This is like wearing seatbelt. People naturally forget to wear 
> seatbelt just because they don't get hurt immediately when they start 
> driving without seatbelt. So, the car industry need to invent seatbelt 
> alarm. Eventually, with enough finger wagging (alarm beeping), some 
> people get into the habit of wearing seatbelt, albeit grudgingly.
> I believe there need to be a mechanism for rewarding RDF publishing, 
> or scolding for forgetting. Do you have that mechanism in-place?

I think the infrastructure is in place, we just need to recognize and 
use it :-)

The Web and the discourse that it enables us to create, discover, and 
participate in.

I think we should adopt the practice (at least in LOD) of nudging our 
colleagues through a variety of means (mails, blog posts, page comments 
etc..) when they aren't practicing what they preach.

For starters the prevalence of PDFs and native PPTs files on the Web 
speaks volumes!

For the LODW presenters and participants, at the very least can we do 
the following:

1. Publish proper Web variants of the recent LODW presentations
2. Publish you FOAF Profile Page URIs (you can always get one from 
http://community.linkedata.org/ods  if you don't have one)
3. State that you made the presentation in question i.e. foaf:made 
4. The item above should be derferencable via your FOAF Profile Document 
which will expose you entity ID to which these resources should be 

> David



Kingsley Idehen	      Weblog: http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/~kidehen
President & CEO 
OpenLink Software     Web: http://www.openlinksw.com
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