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RE: PUBLINK Linked Data Consultancy

From: Georgi Kobilarov <georgi.kobilarov@gmx.de>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2010 16:45:51 +0200
To: "'Michael Smethurst'" <michael.smethurst@bbc.co.uk>, "'Hugh Glaser'" <hg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>, "'Dave Reynolds'" <dave.e.reynolds@gmail.com>, 'Sören Auer' <auer@informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
Cc: "'Linking Open Data'" <public-lod@w3.org>, "'SW-forum'" <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <03e201cb662e$5713df40$053b9dc0$@gmx.de>
Hi Michael,

> >>> Insofar PUBLINK rather clears the way for commercial linked data
> >>> service providers.
> By doing what? Which bits does publink do and which bits are left to the
> commercial sector?
> From the lines above it aims to help "people in organizations who want to
> persuade their decision makers" or persuade decision makers in general
> demos
> Personally I think if that's the intention it's good. I know where to find
> with data modelling, hosting, data consolidation, existing ontologies,
> negotiation etc etc. But I don't know where to go for help translating
> developer understanding to business understanding

The intention is good, I agree, but centralizing all of the work into just
one consortium isn't. One research consortium as the new linked data
monopolist, that's not the message to send out into the world.

Plus, in my opinion there is little of a business model in publishing data
in itself. There can only be a business model in having other people use
data, for which publishing is one necessity of course. 

So the showcases for the business will be on the data consumption side, and
these demos should be developed by people who know how to build demos and
showcases. "Persuading" a few more data publishers won't change the
landscape, so I'd much rather see that money go into e.g. developer/design
competitions like the Sunlight Foundation is doing in the US. 

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