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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 19:24:22 +0100 (BST)
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To: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>

Just to expand this.

- Having as few conditions as possible facilitates the use of linked 
data. By not having to think about conditions linked data can work more 
freely - as it is meant to.

Aggregators such as Europeana have (where possible) gone for CC0 to create a friction free service.

Many people reusing Museum linked data will cite the source anyway because it gives some authority to the data they use.  

It would be extremely helpful if web sites included the URI sources for 
the data they use (in the same way that they might include a URL) so 
that people can see the source and providers can use the information to 
improve their data. Providing the URIs is very beneficial and is 
relatively easy to include in any reuse code (if people are developing 
against an EndPoint to create a web site then including the main URI of 
the data in the source is not onerus).

How do we encourage good practice in this area?


 From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
To: public-lod@w3.org 
Sent: Sunday, 31 March 2013, 18:17
Subject: Re: Why is it bad practice to consume Linked Data and publish opaque   HTML pages?

On 3/31/13 7:42 AM, Dominic wrote:

>Should this be stipulated as part of a license agreement?
CC-BY-SA is an example of such a license. 


> 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
>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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