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Re: Contd: How to query for Country Specific Data

From: Hugh Glaser <hg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2009 12:06:08 +0100
To: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
CC: "richard.hancock@3kbo.com" <richard.hancock@3kbo.com>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
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Thanks Kingsley.
I'm not sure why you have raised all this again.
I simply suggested to Richard another way of doing what he wanted.
You then asked me whether what you had proposed failed to resolve his
I can't say whether it does, but perhaps Richard can better answer that.
But it would have been rude of me not to attempt to answer your direct
question to me.
My view is that probably none of this now addresses Richard's fundamental
problem, I think, (which I was trying to do in my message and which Toby is
also trying to address). He needs reliable properties that relate countries
to their geography. It is a problem of ontology and published data, not how
to access it.

Išll trim things a bit to try to get at some essence.

On 25/05/2009 03:43, "Kingsley Idehen" <kidehen@openlinksw.com> wrote:
> I am not assuming once source. Of course not. I am assuming a possible
> beachhead :-)
And a very nice beachhead.
But your solution only talked about the source at http://lod.openlinksw.com
It is also interesting to consider how it might interact with other sources.
> The whole point of Linked Data should be to demonstrate how it embraces
> and extends the Google full text search realm which is autistic to
> entities, entity types, and entity properties re. disambiguation of
> queries (or as they call them: searches).
Ah. I think this is perhaps getting to the nub.
I don't see Linked Data as relating to search - more to lookup, as in a
database record lookup by key.
The semantic web is more like one big database then a big file system.
So you project into the Linked Data world by finding the URI you want, and
from then on in it is URIs all the way down, until/unless you want to show a
human something, when you project back into their language.
>> That is exactly what Richard was trying to do; having found a URI such as
>> http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_Zealand that he is satisfied captures the
>> concept with which he is concerned, he now wants to explore what is known
>> about it in the Linked Data world, without going back to the text world.
> Again, I don't think I am sending him back to the full text pattern world.
> I am saying:
> 1. Enter a patter: New Zealand (as you would re. Google, Yahoo! etc..)
> 2. When presented with hits (which are really Entities with URIs  plus
> excerpts from associated literal object values) filter further by Entity
> Type or Entity Property
OK, that's how to start.
But he doesn't need to do that - he said he already had the URI he wanted:
>> And I donšt think he wanted to do any clicking ­ he wanted to just script it
>> all up in a reliable Linked Data sort of way.
> Lets assume he didn't want to click anything, what do you think the
> purpose of the "URI Lookup by Label" and "URI Lookup" tabs are for then?
For me to put in a URI such as http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_Zealand and
get the Linked Data back.
> They are for entering patterns that are associated with Entity Labels or
> actual URIs.
Have you tried typing in the URIs that Richard specified?
However, looking at it, I think it may just be a bugette, which confused me.
> The instance at: <http://lod.openlinksw.com> is but one data space on
> the vast Web of Linked Data. It's a linked data junction box with lots
> of de-referencable URIs that can take you to many places on the Web or
> conduct data via many pathways on the Web.
Actually, it is a Linked Data site that has uploaded a lot of data from
other places, and also dynamically gets more. I assume by instance you mean
it is an instance of the class of Linked Data sites.
> I don't understand why you find my responses fundamentally incongruent
> with the very essence of Linked Data. We keep on going round the same
> loop in different ways.
An interesting question.
I am certainly uncomfortable with responses that never seem to mention the
idea that Linked Data is a Web of Data, by suggesting the use of data that
might be accessed on domains other than http://lod.openlinksw.com .
But this would be for another thread, and I don't have the time to do that.

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