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Making RDF / LinkedData trivially browseable - thoughts?

From: Daniel O'Connor <daniel.oconnor@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 18:53:44 +1030
Message-ID: <106cc1200903250123n25bb39eby45cb9f32a60bd8c6@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-lod@w3.org
Hey all,

So, here's the scenario. I'm a regular web developer guy and I've heard
about linked data. I know just enough about webservices and rest and xml and
that sort of thing, and I'm sold on the big picture of the semantic web; and
I've now just come across linked data.

Q: What's available to help me know "when I'm doing it right"; and what's
available to make it feel like there's an immediate payoff?

So far, the simplest answer I have to that question is "whack a simple xsl
ontop of it so the RDF gets rendered as
not-very-pretty-but-hey-i-can-click-links html".

Criteria for success: I can click from one half of my data set to the other,
then end up at dbpedia, and then click off to somewhere else; and it feels
like a unpretty normal web.

So, to that end, I've whipped up this really quick and dirty stylesheet to
basically do that. See http://pastebin.com/pastebin.php?dl=f289d4f5c

Preview it by sticking this into your xml (and obviously host your own
decent copy if you are using it in The Real World)

<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl"
href="http://pastebin.com/pastebin.php?dl=f289d4f5c" ?>

What do you guys think of this approach?
What other alternatives do you use in your datasets?
IE, freebase renders either RDF or HTML through content negotiation; Some
data sets have static html rendered
Received on Wednesday, 25 March 2009 08:24:22 UTC

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