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Re: Linked Data in blog post from TimBL about Semantic Web in the news

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 20:50:03 -0400
Message-ID: <47EEE3BB.9060608@openlinksw.com>
CC: public-lod@w3.org

Kingsley Idehen wrote:
> Richard Cyganiak wrote:
>> Kingsley,
>> On 28 Mar 2008, at 11:50, Kingsley Idehen wrote:
>>> As for the quest for the killer application, I remain of the opinion 
>>> that "Linked Data" via de-referencable URIs is the killer 
>>> application of the Semantic Web vision. Just as "Linked Documents" 
>>> via de-referencable URLs is the killer application of the Document Web.
>> I agree that linked data is the killer technical capability of the 
>> Semantic Web.
>> I disagree strongly about linked data being a "killer app".
> That's fine, but I believe differently.
> In my realm of comprehension (and experience) Linked Data is the 
> "killer application" and exploitation of  HTTP for the long standing 
> challenge of distributed data object referencing.
>> Linked data is not an application. It's one of several technical 
>> capabilities offered by the Semantic Web technology stack. The 
>> capabilities *enable* applications. But they *are* not applications.
> You are completely entitled to your opinion. You realm or perception 
> and comprehension cannot mirror mine for a myriad of reasons, starting 
> with the fundamental fact that we are individuals endowed with 
> reasoning capability. We aren't cognition challenged robots :-)
> The one great thing about the Web is the ability to discover and 
> participate in discourse. We have no monopoly over facts or truths, we 
> simply have relative context, perception, and comprehension that 
> ultimately leads to richer discourse.
> Is TCP/IP an application to you? Is Hyper-linking an application to 
> you? More than likely not if the Web is your context for determining 
> what an application is.
>> Don't mistake your toolbox for your product or service.
>> The question how to bring linked data to the end user, be it in a 
>> corporate or web environment, has still not been successfully 
>> answered. The killer app is somewhere around there.
> I do know the difference between a "killer application" and a "killer 
> user application".  But how does "killer app." explicity imply either 
> without the discourse emerging right now?
> As for the "killer user application" of the Semantic Web, by this I 
> mean the game changing solution that delivers the "Aha! Moment"  I 
> think we shall all find that out in due course :-)
> Kingsley
>> Richard

BTW - I really should have used the "Killer Application 
<http://dbpedia.org/page/Killer_application>" URI in my last response. 
As you can see, the definition is extremely subjective :-)

I see the World Wide Web as one of the "Killer Applications" of the  
Internet OS (hosted by the Network Computer) that delivered "Open 
Information Access" initially, and is now evolving to include "Open Data 



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OpenLink Software     Web: http://www.openlinksw.com
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