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Re: Why is it bad practice to consume Linked Data and publish opaque HTML pages?

From: Paul Groth <p.t.groth@vu.nl>
Date: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 15:57:55 +0100
Message-ID: <CAJCyKRo8s_Fc3LBmeGwZ77dAA-WHhghYOdTJtUz7tH=-biKKnw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Cc: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
Hi Kingsley, all:

This is an important subject. Thanks for bringing it up.

W3C Prov [1] provides helpful constructs for providing just such
attribution in linked data. In particular, ways to denote attribution
(prov:wasAttributedTo), derivation (prov:wasDerivedFrom), quotation
(prov:wasQuotedFrom), and the original source of information

We also provide mechanisms for discovering provenance using standard web
mechanisms for resource's on the web [2]

We hope that these constructs and mechanisms help make it easier for people
to expose attribution information in a structured way and give credit where
credit is due.


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/prov-primer/
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/prov-aq/

On Sat, Mar 30, 2013 at 3:35 PM, Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>wrote:

> All,
> " Citing sources is useful for many reasons: (a) it shows that it isn't a
> half-baked idea I just pulled out of thin air, (b) it provides a reference
> for anybody who wants to dig into the subject, and (c) it shows where the
> ideas originated and how they're likely to evolve." -- John F. Sowa [1].
> An HTTP URI is an extremely powerful citation and attribution mechanism.
> Incorporate Linked Data principles and the power increases exponentially.
> It is okay to consume Linked Data from wherever and publish HTML documents
> based on source data modulo discoverable original sources Linked Data URIs.
> It isn't okay, to consume publicly available Linked Data from sources such
> as the LOD cloud and then republish the extracted content using HTML
> documents, where the original source Linked Data URIs aren't undiscoverable
> by humans or machines.
> The academic community has always had a very strong regard for citations
> and source references. Thus, there's no reason why the utility of Linked
> Data URIs shouldn't be used to reinforce this best-practice, at Web-scale .
> Links:
> 1. http://ontolog.cim3.net/forum/**ontolog-forum/2013-03/**msg00084.html<http://ontolog.cim3.net/forum/ontolog-forum/2013-03/msg00084.html>-- ontolog list post .
> --
> Regards,
> Kingsley Idehen
> Founder & CEO
> OpenLink Software
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Dr. Paul Groth (p.t.groth@vu.nl)
Assistant Professor
- Knowledge Representation & Reasoning Group |
  Artificial Intelligence Section | Department of Computer Science
- The Network Institute
VU University Amsterdam
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