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Re: Linked Data Dogfood circa. 2013

From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:43:50 -0800 (PST)
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 From: Nathan <nathan@webr3.org>
To: Hugh Glaser <hg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>; Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com> 
Cc: "<public-lod@w3.org>" <public-lod@w3.org>; Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com> 
Sent: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 11:27 AM
Subject: Re: Linked Data Dogfood circa. 2013
Hugh Glaser wrote:
> Please name applications!
> Go on, you must be able to name one to support your view.

That's a fair, but also unfair, question to ask.

Most apps can be categorized in to two categories:

  a) those that are for a silo and pull data from that silo.
  b) those that pull data from multiple sources.

We must consider both separately.

Regarding a) Many of the big data silos use semantic web techs and linked data, and thus their applications use it indirectly - they may even use it directly, but who'd know and what value would that be?

Regarding b) The apps which pull data from multiple sources invariably do it via a server side application which cleans, analyses and merges the data (feedly, fliboard, currents etc), or deal with specific media types like images (500px for example). Again, those server side applications often use semantic web techs and linked data, and thus their applications also use it indirectly.

The primary problem is, that for any application to be popular they need to provide a good reliable user experience, and that requires that they have dependable clean data, and that usually requires that they integrate and clean the data before sending it to the app which the end user is using.

There are only really two viable approaches to providing a good user experience with data from the wild:
  1) Clean the data first
  2) Use data which has a simple dependable structure (jpg, atom, rss etc)

"Linked Data" comes under the bracket of (1) often already, but that won't count in a definition of a "Linked Data Application", and it doesn't currently come under the bracket of (2) other than the RSS case, which many would discount, because it can use any old ontology from anywhere on the web, rather than a rigid well known schema.

Thus, I fear your question is fair, but ultimately if that's your measurement of how well linked data is doing, you'll always have a very negative view of it, thus unfair.

Hope that helps the discussion a bit,

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