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Re: PUBLINK Linked Data Consultancy

From: John Domingue <j.b.domingue@open.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2010 16:55:20 +0200
Cc: Michael Smethurst <michael.smethurst@bbc.co.uk>, Hugh Glaser <hg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>, Dave Reynolds <dave.e.reynolds@gmail.com>, Linking Open Data <public-lod@w3.org>, SW-forum <semantic-web@w3.org>, Georgi Kobilarov <georgi.kobilarov@gmx.de>
Message-Id: <EC2EC8DE-9118-4AE3-BA35-C5A79BB6BE5B@open.ac.uk>
To: Sören Auer <auer@informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
Sören,

before you get too depressed with all this negativity ..... I'd just  
like to say that I for one think that this is a *great* idea and a  
very good use of EU project resources. Getting out there and helping  
to kick start more institutions to LoD is definitely the way to go  
with your project.

Good Luck!

and please keep me posted on results

cheers


John



On 7 Oct 2010, at 16:45, Georgi Kobilarov wrote:

> 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
> with
>> demos
>>
>> Personally I think if that's the intention it's good. I know where  
>> to find
> help
>> with data modelling, hosting, data consolidation, existing  
>> ontologies,
> content
>> 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.
>
> Cheers,
> Georgi
>
>
>
> -- 

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