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Re: Terminology when talking about Linked Data

From: Peter Ansell <ansell.peter@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:49:02 +1000
Message-ID: <a1be7e0e1002161749hf3fa909ne6d47eabfb214103@mail.gmail.com>
To: nathan@webr3.org
Cc: Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>
On 17 February 2010 11:32, Nathan <nathan@webr3.org> wrote:
> Peter Ansell wrote:
>> Hi Nathan,
>> On 17 February 2010 11:18, Nathan <nathan@webr3.org> wrote:
>>> Hi All,
>>> Other than the obvious - Linking Open Data = The name of W3C Community
>>> Project - I'm wondering which terminology to use where when talking
>>> about (what I'll term "Linked Data" for now).
>>> To me, "Linked Data" represents the <uri> <uri> <uri> triples; the thing
>>> at the core of it, which can be used behind the firewall in a "silo"
>>> with nothing open about it.
>>> So if I then term "Linked Open Data" as "Linked Data" which has been
>>> published properly, then what do I use to refer to the tech-stack and
>>> principals as a whole?
>> If it is published internally to an organisation, it may still be
>> Linked Data as the URI's may be resolvable internally by all people
>> who have any need to see the information. It may violate privacy laws
>> for example for the information to be publically available.
>> I wouldn't so much refer to it as "properly" published, as
>> "publically" published.
>> What is the context in which you need to make the distinction?
> The context is purely in discussion format; when I'm talking about
> "Linked Data" - if I first explain it to mean "linked data"; then talk
> about it being made public as "linked open data" (leaving the
> private/public what to publish bit out of it) then to what do I refer to
> the overall tech-stack as? everything that comes with it eg:
>  - Linked Data, RDF, SPARQL, REST, Quad-Stores, REST, Ontologies, OWL2,
> A name for the above as a whole.

I try to keep references to Linked Data to mean the part that is
purely concerned with the link level interfaces defined by HTTP URIs
that resolve to something computer understandable (such as RDF), and
which is linked using HTTP URI's to other items where relevant.

A definition of Linked Data should ideally not include descriptions
about the application level functions (ie, ontologies, FOAF+SSL,
SPARQL, Quad/Triple stores) that can be used to support applications
that use Linked Data. Is the name (Open?) Semantic Web too much?

> Many Regards,
> Nathan
> ps: I'm aware I wrote REST twice, but for some reason it seemed amusing
> to leave it in..?!

Heh, it is a big part, although technically most current Linked Data
is stateless.


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