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Re: Eating your own dog food and inviting others to dinner

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 11:41:54 -0500
Message-ID: <4D079E52.5070908@openlinksw.com>
To: ProjectParadigm-ICT-Program <metadataportals@yahoo.com>
CC: semantic-web <semantic-web@w3.org>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
On 12/14/10 10:59 AM, ProjectParadigm-ICT-Program wrote:
> Eating your own dog food and inviting others to dinner is not the 
> exclusive domain of software engineers only, as I discovered when 
> trying to come up with a new paradigm for building online communities 
> with social search capabilities for selected sectors industry or civil 
> society.
>
> So it got me thinking about linked data and the semantic web, based on 
> the contents I have seen in emails from the past two years from the 
> two mailing lists fro the W3C to which I subscribe and read every 
> single day
>
> One of the biggest problems we seem to have in getting linked data and 
> the semantic web to the main public is that "we" i.e. its promoters, 
> aficionados, gurus and developers and dedicated users  are scattered 
> all over the place and on the internet.
>
> Has anyone ever given thought to creating a portal site, which 
> combines some features of LinkedIn.com and Arxiv.org with online 
> directories, product exhibits and a "social search engine"?
>

Yes.

Only requirement will be obtaining a WebID [1] using your preferred 
platform or provider.

>
> And of course there would be the links to everything.
>
> And the whole darn thing would be an excellent launching pad for new 
> start-ups and information hub for angel and corporate investors to 
> hunt for new projects to fund.
>
> Build it and they will come.
>

Yes!

That's the Webby way of bootstrapping via Dogfood.

>
> Is there any way we can get a collection of interested professionals, 
> existing groups and initiatives together to dream up the design and 
> blue print for such a thing and then build it?
>

There are a number of loosely coupled linked data spaces already, in 
some cases people don't even know they are members of powerful data 
spaces :-)

Links:

1. http://esw.w3.org/WebID -- WebID Information Page
2. http://kingsley.idehen.net/c/B7KZP -- Sampling from Cambridge 
Semantic Web Meetup (using PivotViewer page with QR Codes to drive home 
effect).

Kingsley
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Regards,

Kingsley Idehen	
President&  CEO
OpenLink Software
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Received on Tuesday, 14 December 2010 16:42:23 UTC

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