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Re: "humane" query editors for the data web?

From: David Huynh <dfhuynh@alum.mit.edu>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 16:40:00 -0700
Message-ID: <49F0FC50.7070800@alum.mit.edu>
To: public-lod@w3.org
Kingsley Idehen wrote:
> Sherman Monroe wrote:
>> Kingsley,
>>
>> Well said. After all, we preach interoperability and standards to an 
>> industry driven by concept of isolate & conquer. In all seriousness, 
>> if we are to have any real chance of overcoming the impetus of 
>> proprietary interests, then we must first achieve some semblance of 
>> solidarity within the ranks of our own community. Yet, some of the 
>> initiatives and territorial projects that surface clearly duplicate 
>> efforts and at times lack interoperability with similar efforts; in 
>> the process, precious focus and energy is wasted. The notion of 
>> "standing on the shoulders of your fellows" is frustratingly lacking 
>> whereas it should be one of our guiding principles. It is in our 
>> interests to coordinate similar efforts, and diligently seek points 
>> of synergies were none are apparent. Competition within the community 
>> should be shunned and hissed at, seriously. Failure to align our 
>> efforts will weaken our collective effort, and cause us to bump 
>> against the same walls we're trying to bring down. LOD is 
>> fundamentally a revolution in thinking, from a value on competition 
>> and silos to the recognition of a much greater value in co-opetition 
>> and interoperbility; that revolution must catch fire within the minds 
>> of each LODC member before it has a chance of spreading to the rest 
>> of the industry. The question each of us should ask ourselves is, do 
>> I really believe in what LOD is about? The rest of the industry must 
>> be able to look to us as an example of LOD principles at work.
>>
>> -sherman
> Amen!
>
> Homogeneity of purpose must be matched with actions, we have to 
> dog-food every aspect of Linked Data :-)
>
> BTW - Any comments re. the UI matters we are discussing? I ask because 
> you've felt the pain our service alleviates, first hand, based your 
> experience re. Cypher atop DBpedia.
Re: dogfooding, "experiencing" the data web, etc., it might actually be 
useful to start with giving answers to these questions

    http://linkeddata.org/faq

And moving the "consuming linked data" section to the top. After all, 
for most people, from my limited experience, they want to "take" before 
they "give"--i.e., consuming free linked data before donating linked 
data back. Has no other visitor beside me complained about the lack of 
answers on an FAQ page? :-)

David
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