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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 18:04:14 +0200
To: "'Matthias Samwald'" <samwald@gmx.at>, "'Bernard Vatant'" <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>
Cc: "public-lod" <public-lod@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000201cad7fe$4d67be30$e8373a90$@gmx.de>
Hi Matthias,

> > 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?
> 
> I don't see why limiting applications to use only a selected subset of
data
> sources equals "not really using the linked data cloud". This is like
saying you
> have not _really_ used Microsoft Word unless you use every possible font
> effect for each document you write. 

Okay, how about this analogy: would you say you read the Financial Times
every day, if all you do is have a look at weather forecast on the last
page?

> Limiting your application to certain,
> selected datasets seems to be the only 'no-nonsense' way of using data out
> there while still taking care of reliability, relevance and trust issues.

What I'm saying is that Linked Open Data is "links" & "open data". If we
aren't using both, what's the point in making all the effort?
Don't get me wrong, I do believe in the potential of the Web of Data. But
the question is: what has to happen to get us there? And part of that is to
realize that we aren't there yet.  I'd be happy to discuss what I think are
the issue. But that's kind of pointless if the overall perception is that we
already have the Web of Data, and just more people need to adopt it...

Cheers,
Georgi
Received on Friday, 9 April 2010 16:04:43 UTC

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