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Re: Several questions about Linked Data

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 07:35:54 -0400
Message-ID: <4D89DB1A.70608@openlinksw.com>
To: Richard Light <richard@light.demon.co.uk>
CC: public-lod@w3.org
On 3/23/11 5:32 AM, Richard Light wrote:
> In message 
> <AANLkTi=vY_7qWK2+ZS97erTOUzim42KsYTZH3EcRrWH7@mail.gmail.com>, wenlei 
> zhou <wenlei.zhouwl@gmail.com> writes
>> Hi, every one
>> I'm a novice to Linked Data. In the learning of linked data, I got 
>> several
>> questions.
>>
>> 1. When public a new data set, how does it connect to other data sets in
>> the Linked Data Cloud. Just use the record linkage techniques to connect
>> two identifiers which are actually telling the same entity? Or, is this
>> method only applied to publishing large new data set, not small one?
>> 2. Where is the rdf data stored, which connects two data sets?  Is it 
>> just
>> stored in a third party?
>
> Hi,
>
> The way I see it, the name "Linked Data" isn't totally helpful. It 
> should be "Linkable Data" or "Potentially Linked Data". There is no 
> actual "connection to other data sets" going on, except by the 
> well-established web techniques of spidering Linked Data resources, 
> and aggregating what is found into a single point of search.
>
> What "connects two data sets" is simply the fact that they [may] use 
> the same URL to represent the same concept, and that they express 
> statements in a simple graph language which makes it easy to merge 
> sets of statements from different sources, and to query across them 
> without the need for physical merging.
>
> Others may offer differing views on this issue ...
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Richard
>
Richard,

It's Linked Data because hyperlinks (URIs) are used as a mechanism for 
Data Representation. If you look back at the concept of Linked Data 
Structures, and then factor in use of Links, the aptness of the phrase 
becomes clearer :-)

It's about whole structured data representation using hyperlinks.

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Regards,

Kingsley Idehen	
President&  CEO
OpenLink Software
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