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

From: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 21:35:08 +0200
Message-ID: <t2k9178f78c1004091235s638936d8y78ec5134cdea35fa@mail.gmail.com>
To: Georgi Kobilarov <georgi.kobilarov@gmx.de>
Cc: Bernard Vatant <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>, public-lod <public-lod@w3.org>
2010/4/9 Georgi Kobilarov <georgi.kobilarov@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"...
>

Agree that there could be more apps, but I've seen a few that are useful.
Linked Geo Data and Data WIki spring to mind.


>
> 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 think limited support for sparql update means that linked data is largely
read only.  When sparql 1.1 comes out, hopefully that will change.


>
> 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?
>

Decentralization of data will become a growing theme.  5 years ago there
were almost no blogs, but now blogs have changed the way we consume news.
The newspaper industry has struggled to adapt to the decentralization of
documents.  The end user is probably better off for it.

I think one big area could be ecommerce, or data driven commerce.
Decentralizing transactions (i would again use a data wiki driven solution
for this) within our current legal framework could facilitate better control
of peoples finances and offer a boost to the economy.  Countries like greece
could benefit from a boost to their economy.  In fact, all countries could.
WIth any decentralization process there's going to be winners and losers,
but again hopefully the end user will be better off in the long term.

WIll this equate to saving the planet?  Maybe, just maybe ... :)


>
> Cheers,
> Georgi
>
> > -----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
> on
> > 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
> an
> > 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
> development
> > issues. What are the success (or failure) stories in e.g., farming, water
> supply,
> > energy, education, health etc. in environments similar to mine, anywhere
> in
> > 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
> >
> > --
> > Georgi Kobilarov
> > Uberblic Labs Berlin
> > http://blog.georgikobilarov.com
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Bernard Vatant
> > Senior Consultant
> > Vocabulary & Data Engineering
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>
>
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