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Re: A Distributed Economy -- A blog involving Linked Data

From: Brent Shambaugh <brent.shambaugh@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2013 00:31:51 -0600
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To: ProjectParadigm-ICT-Program <metadataportals@yahoo.com>
Cc: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
I think I read somewhere that to meet the challenges of the 21st century we
must innovate at 1000 times the rate that we did in the 20th century. Now
the 20th century was impressive. We saw the evolution of the automobile,
the introduction of the airplane, a man on the moon, the internet, the
world wide web, the invention of the transistor, etc. Unfortunately, most
of this innovation is now in academia and it is done by people so
specialized that frequently they do not understand what others are doing.
I've read again and again that collaboration is key. But how?

In graduate school I frequently checked out books, and looked online at
things that were outside my field of study. After doing this for a period
of time, I came to the realization that what I really was doing (and
desiring) was finding the connections between things. I was mapping things
out. I also concluded that it was not likely that I would know everything
in my lifetime even though I may have desired to. So what to do? Enter
linked data.

If I could have things organized for my own personal use, it would be
likely that it would be useful as well to others. Subject areas and
concepts could be related. Projects could be described in terms of how
their individual components fit together. Other projects could use common
terms as well as logic so that it was apparent how they were related.
People would be more organized, they would get things done faster, and they
would discover things that they may have never thought of.

Projects also need to be funded though. And frequently, like projects built
for Linux, there are projects that depend on other projects. Everybody
wants to be rewarded, and deserves to. So what could happen if someone
makes a donation or pays for something? Well, they could help out everyone
else that made them successful. Enter distributed funding (
Funding flows from one project to another based on the project's choosing.

Given the logic is sound, this still is a bit hard for the end-user. A GUI
could help. There are various means for visual queries such as Viquen (
http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1434099), Gruff for AllegroGraph (
http://www.franz.com/agraph/gruff/) , NITELIGHT (
https://www.usukita.org/papers/3283/details.html), MashQL (
http://www.jarrar.info/publications/onisw10-jarrar.pdf.htm), Quelo (
ceur-ws.org/Vol-745/paper_58.pdf)....etc. I believe RDF should be
visualized, SPARQL (or other) queries should be visualized, and
construction of ontologies (if possible). I feel I still need to understand
the mathematics behind these to say much.

People may also want this embedded into a front end such as Friendica,
Diaspora, or Apache Wave. And of course, there needs to be a way to
federate these.

Where could this be launched? Small groups. Perhaps a HackerSpace, Fablab,
or MakerSpace. These people seem to crave something different, and since
they tend to try to be Renaissance people it just might fly. Of course, you
still have the selling problem. I've had this problem, but it was mostly
due to a lack of full understanding of the subject area. So, narrowing
down, as Eric Ries might suggest, was a bit of a problem. I saw on this
mailing list that Kingsley Idenhen was trying to convice people to use
turtle. It's true. It seems a little bit easier to understand than RDF/XML.

elf Palvik, it seems we have similar goals. Very similar. I'd love to hear
more. Thanks elf Palvik and Melvin for your link to the web payments group.
I'm not certain where it will go, but I'll see what happens. :)


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> *From:* Brent Shambaugh <brent.shambaugh@gmail.com>
> *To:* public-lod@w3.org
> *Sent:* Monday, December 31, 2012 10:16 PM
> *Subject:* A Distributed Economy -- A blog involving Linked Data
> Dear all,
> This spring I started a blog that deals with Linked Data, among other
> things. It is called A Distributed Economy. I am not certain that it will
> work, or that I even will be able to accomplish it on my own. The exciting
> thing however, is that I am discovering that a lot of the parts of it are
> being built. I hope that sharing this blog will be of value to the
> community. I cannot claim to be an expert. Actually, my formal education is
> in Chemical Engineering. But it is exciting.
> It may be found at: http://adistributedeconomy.blogspot.com/
> If you'd like, please let me know what you think. I'm always trying to
> discover new things, and discover things I haven't thought of.
> -Brent
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