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Describing Stuff You Like using Turtle

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:44:25 -0400
Message-ID: <505A1289.5090004@openlinksw.com>
To: "public-rww@w3.org" <public-rww@w3.org>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
All,

As I've often stated, there's a premature optimization bug in the Linked 
Data narrative. We early adopters concluded -- incorrectly -- that 
nobody would ever need to craft Linked Data documents by hand. Of 
course, a lot of that had to do with RDF/XML and Turtle's protracted 
journey towards W3C recommendation status. Anyway, focusing on the 
present, we have an opportunity to fix the aforementioned narrative bug 
by revisiting the value of crafting Linked Data documents by hand.

I've dropped a simple post showcasing the use of a Turtle document to 
describe some of the things I like [1].

Why is Turtle important?
People master new concepts by exercise. Crafting Turtle documents by 
hand brings focus back to subject-predicate-object or 
entity-attribute-value concept comprehension, with regards to basic 
sentence structure etc..

How does it aid Linked Data demystification etc?

It adds a Do-It-Yourself dimension that boils down to constructing a 
local Turtle document and publishing it to the Web, via a plethora of 
storage services that remove the following hurdles:

1. Domain Ownership
2. DNS Server access and admin level control
3. HTTP Server access and admin level control
4. URI pattern issues confusion and distraction.

Once end-users understand the basics, reinforced by simple exercises, it 
equips them with the foundation and critical context for tools 
appreciation.

Turtle is very important to Linked Data comprehension. Its a syntax 
that's user profile agnostic, unlike others that ultimately server 
specific programmer profiles:

1. Turtle -- everyone
2. HTML+Microdata -- HTML programmers
3. (X)HTML+RDFa -- (X)HTML programmers
4. JSON-LD -- Javascript programmers
5. RDF/XML -- no comment, but certainly not 1-4 :-)


Links:

1. http://bit.ly/SBDmXr -- Turtle document describing stuff I like .

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Regards,

Kingsley Idehen	
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OpenLink Software
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