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Re: Terminology when talking about Linked Data

From: Mike Bergman <mike@mkbergman.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 20:41:05 -0600
Message-ID: <4B7B5741.3000208@mkbergman.com>
To: nathan@webr3.org
CC: Peter Ansell <ansell.peter@gmail.com>, Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>
OK, I'll bite ...

On 2/16/2010 8:18 PM, Nathan wrote:
> Mike Bergman wrote:
>> Hi Nathan,
>> Though I assume not universally shared:
>> On 2/16/2010 7:32 PM, Nathan 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.
>> Linked data is a set of best practices for publishing and deploying
>> instance and class data using the RDF data model. Two of the best
>> practices are to name the data objects using uniform resource
>> identifiers (URIs), and to expose the data for access via the HTTP
>> protocol. Both of these practices enable the Web to become a distributed
>> database, which also means that Web architectures can also be readily
>> employed.
>> It is not an end in itself, a manifesto for "open data", or a substitute
>> for the semantic Web.  It is a useful and recommended practice
>> (technique), but nothing more [1]. ;)
>> Mike
>> [1] http://structureddynamics.com/linked_data.html
> would agree; so far all the responses have been different ways of saying
> what "linked data" is; which i agree with wholeheartedly; but further
> down the in-line comments you'll find the specific problem I'm facing.
>>>> 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.
> Two people thus far have said "semantic web" with some extra words;
> here's the exact problem I'm facing - linked data is what it is, easily
> explained. But the "Semantic Web (enabling) technologies" (which was
> suggested to me off-list) brings up the following problems.
> when I refer to "semantic web" 50% of people think I mean HTML5 or H1-H6
> tags, and the other 50% think I mean the stuff returned from open
> calais. (strangely!)
> and last time I said "linked open data"; well here's the response I
> received:
> "The whole thing about mash-ups/linked data is odd. No one is
> generating any data. Just reusing/repackaging/rebranding. In hardware
> terms, they are VARs. And whilst VARs may be cheaper, they aren't
> often better them OEMs."
> other responses to the mention of the term "linked open data" were all
> along the lines of "it lets you get information from lots of places" aka
> web services aka I don't need linked open data and the semantic web
> technologies because I work internally within a silo which only calls on
> SOAP web service from the supplier.
> At no point have I had a term I could use to which people went - "ahh
> what's that, do tell me more"

Of course, my own view:



> Hope that helps explain where I'm coming from, and to clarify further
> this is for use when talking to general web developers and designers -
> any mention of this to plumbers and window cleaners I find ends up in
> them looking at me like I just broke wind (as Billy Connolly would say).
> Regards&  thanks thus far!
> Nathan


Michael K. Bergman
CEO  Structured Dynamics LLC
Received on Wednesday, 17 February 2010 02:41:42 UTC

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