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Re: Linked Data discussions require better communication

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:27:51 -0400
Message-ID: <51C32D87.2090500@openlinksw.com>
To: public-lod@w3.org
On 6/20/13 11:45 AM, Luca Matteis wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 5:02 PM, Melvin Carvalho 
> <melvincarvalho@gmail.com <mailto:melvincarvalho@gmail.com>> wrote:
>   # Restate/reflect ideas that in other posts that are
>     troubling/puzzling and ask for confirmation or clarification.
> I am simply confused with the idea brought forward by Kingsley that 
> RDF is *not* part of the definition of Linked Data. The evidence shows 
> the contrary: the top sites that define Linked Data, such as 
> Wikipedia, Linkeddata.org and Tim-BL's meme specifically mention RDF, 
> for example:
> "It builds upon standard Web technologies such as HTTP, RDF and URIs" 
> - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linked_data
> "connecting pieces of data, information, and knowledge on the Semantic 
> Web using URIs and RDF." - http://linkeddata.org/
> This is *the only thing* that I'm discussing here. Nothing else. The 
> current *definition* of Linked Data.

Here's what I am saying, again:

1. You can create and publish web-like structured data without any 
knowledge of RDF .

2. You can create and publish web-like data that's enhanced with human- 
and machine-comprehensible entity relationship semantics when you add 
RDF to the mix.

Venn diagram based Illustration of my point: http://bit.ly/16EVFVG .

If you want your Linked Data to be interpretable by machine, then you 
can achieve that goal via RDF based Linked Data and applications 
equipped with RDF processing capability.

RDF entity relationship semantics are *explicit* whereas run-of-the-mill 
entity relationship model based entity relationship semantics are 

RDF is the W3C's recommended framework for increasing the semantic 
fidelity of relations that constitute the World Wide Web.

It isn't really that complicated.

RDF can be talked about usefully without inadvertently creating an 
eternally distracting Reality Distortion Field, laden with indefensible 



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