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Re: Terminology when talking about Linked Data

From: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 12:00:23 +0100
Message-ID: <1f2ed5cd1002170300o47db625bi34dd91f15b1085bb@mail.gmail.com>
To: Mike Bergman <mike@mkbergman.com>
Cc: nathan@webr3.org, Peter Ansell <ansell.peter@gmail.com>, Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>
For a definition of Linked Data I'd suggest anything that conforms to
timbl's Linked Data expectations:

   1. Use URIs as names for things
   2. Use HTTP URIs so that people can look up those names.
   3. When someone looks up a URI, provide useful information, using
the standards (RDF, SPARQL)
   4. Include links to other URIs. so that they can discover more things.

While Tim only lists RDF & SPARQL as the standards, pragmatically I
reckon there's a bit of leeway here, e.g. a HTML document or Atom feed
is likely to contain links and data that can be interpreted as RDF -
in fact *any* hyperlink could be seen as an RDF statement (maybe
<docA> dc:relation <docB>), so depending on the context a looser
definition of linked data as "linky stuff" doesn't seem unreasonable.


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