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

From: Dominic Oldman <doint@oldman.me.uk>
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2013 14:57:38 +0100 (BST)
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To: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>


Sorry, the body of my last message didn't seem to appear on the list.

I had a question about licensing. Should licenses try to get web publishers to embed original URIs into web implementations - a sort of invisible attribution - where practical, and 
is this practical and/or desirable. 

There is another reason for including URIs which might not be considered in the Academy. It allows knowledge organisations to 
see how its knowledge is being enriched and provide options for bringing it back into the original information system infrastructures so it can be preserved - a sort of mega and indirect crowd sourcing but across the Internet rather than any particular web site.

If I publish a cuneiform data record and it is reused in different projects and applications, and the data is enriched with annotations, corrections, additions etc., if the original URI is embedded, I can harvest this information and enrich the object record against the original URI so that subsequent users (including our own researchers and audiences) benefit by this continual community improvement. This is one of the objectives of the ResearchSpace project - to encourage enrichment against institutional URIs so that research projects (which are temporary and are limited in the way that they give back to the community) have a more permanent and long lasting legacy. 


 From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
To: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org> 
Sent: Saturday, 30 March 2013, 14:35
Subject: Why is it bad practice to consume Linked Data and publish opaque  HTML pages?

" 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 .


1. http://ontolog.cim3.net/forum/ontolog-forum/2013-03/msg00084.html -- ontolog list post .


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