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Re: Using Linking Open Data datasets

From: Michael K. Bergman <mike@mkbergman.com>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 10:20:07 -0500
Message-ID: <483D7827.80904@mkbergman.com>
To: "Hausenblas, Michael" <michael.hausenblas@joanneum.at>
CC: public-lod@w3.org

Hi Michael,

Hausenblas, Michael wrote:
> Dear LODers,
> One thing we encounter recurrently when using the LOD datasets is where
> to 'start best'. I'm unsure how to handle this situation, so I tried to
> gather some issues along with a simple proposal how to deal with it
> (called MetaLOD) at [1]. The idea basically is to develop a vocabulary
> and gather information 'about' the LOD datasets, such as 'at Geonames
> you get location-based information', etc.

This is the basic purpose of UMBEL. :)  (See the isAbout predicate.)

btw, we have not posted this stuff yet because it is still under 
review, but updated descriptions for UMBEL may be found at: 

We are happy to share this early with the LOD list.  We hope to 
release everything very soon -- in the next week or two depending 
on some final Cyc review.

Thanks, Mike

> I'm aware of the fact that each LOD dataset *should* provide this kind
> of information about itself, however (i) not all do AFAIK, and (ii) even
> if all did, how can an application determine effectively and efficiently
> which LOD dataset might be good to use for a certain task? I don't want
> to propose a 'centrally controlled registry' with this idea, just a way
> to flag what to expect from a LOD dataset as a kind of jump start. 
> A formal description of the LOD dataset would also be beneficial for
> other exploration purposes, I guess. For example we could express access
> options for a LOD dataset (dump, SPARQL endpoint, etc.) or QoS
> information, even trust issues or (user) ratings might be of interest.
> Any thoughts?
> While I'm here: In case you're around at ESWC08, come and join us at the
> LOD gathering [2]
> Cheers,
> 	Michael
> [1] http://community.linkeddata.org/MediaWiki/index.php?MetaLOD
> [2]
> http://esw.w3.org/topic/SweoIG/TaskForces/CommunityProjects/LinkingOpenD
> ata/TenerifeGathering
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