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RE: What would you build with a web of data?

From: Georgi Kobilarov <georgi.kobilarov@gmx.de>
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 17:13:55 +0200
To: "'Bernard Vatant'" <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>
Cc: "public-lod" <public-lod@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000001cad7f7$45a00790$d0e016b0$@gmx.de>
Hi Bernard,

well, why did I ask people to write about their ideas for apps?
My observation is that there are zero real apps using linked open data (i.e.
data from "the cloud"). Not even a single one. Null. 
After 3 years of "linking open data"...

There are applications that re-use identifiers, and there are applications
that use single, hand-picked data sources.  But let's be honest, that's not
"using the linked data cloud". So, why's that? There must be a reason. Which
part of the ecosystem sucks? 

In my opinion we won't get to solve that question if we stick to "linked
data will save the planet, one day". But instead, figure out which apps
people would want to build now, and then see why it's not possible. If it
doesn't work on the small scale of some simple app, how will linked data
ever save our planet?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bernard Vatant [mailto:bernard.vatant@mondeca.com]
> Sent: Friday, April 09, 2010 12:25 PM
> To: Georgi Kobilarov
> Cc: public-lod
> Subject: Re: What would you build with a web of data?
> Hi Georgi
> Copying below the comment I just posted on ReadWriteWeb. Looks like a
> rant, but could have been worse ... I could have added that if the Web of
> Data is used to find out more cute cats images, well, I wonder what I do
> this boat.
> I'm amazed, not to say frightened, by the egocentrism and lack of
> imagination of the applications proposed so far. Will the Web of Data be
> effective tool for tackling our planet critical issues, or just another
toy for
> spoiled children of the Web?
> I would like to see the Web of Data enable people anywhere in the world to
> find out smart, sustainable and low-cost solutions to their local
> issues. What are the success (or failure) stories in e.g., farming, water
> energy, education, health etc. in environments similar to mine, anywhere
> the world? Something along the lines of http://www.wiserearth.org (of
> which data, BTW would be great to have in the Linked Data cloud).
> Best
> Bernard
> 2010/4/9 Georgi Kobilarov <georgi.kobilarov@gmx.de>
> Yesterday issued a challenge on my blog for ideas for concrete linked open
> data applications. Because talking about concrete apps helps shaping the
> roadmap for the technical questions for the linked data community ahead.
> The
> real questions, not the theoretical ones...
> Richard MacManus of ReadWriteWeb picked up the challenge:
> http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/web_of_data_what_would_you_
> build.php
> Let's be creative about stuff we'd build with the web of data. Assume the
> Linked Data Web would be there already, what would build?
> Cheers,
> Georgi
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