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

From: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2013 14:54:06 -0400
Message-ID: <CAFKQJ8=v_iYogmJMCeROJc31c1YQbz-tvNfYZgEebRWw6Vgbxg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Cc: public-lod@w3.org
All the CC-BY licenses require attribution in the a manner specified by the
licensor. What needs to be done is that if you release work under a CC
license you should specify that you consider the work properly attributed
if the licensee includes the original uri in their publications.,

The SA provision doesn't address the issue of how attribution is made.
Rather it stipulates that works that build upon a so licensed source need
to be themselves licensed in the same way. I'm not personally a fan of this
provision, but I understand it may be useful in selected situations.

Finally, it should be noted that you can only use a CC license if you
actually have some copy rights in the material you are releasing. In the
US, if the material is factual data , then it is not something that can be
copyrighted. And if you are producing LOD transliterations of existing
resources, you can't slap on a CC license unless the source material is
licensed in a manner that gives you the right to do so (google my
discussion of the license we see on linkedct.org if you are curious about
this aspect.)

So licensing will only go so far.

If people care about this, and I agree with Kingsley that they should, they
should consider articulating their views and including those descriptions -
not legally binding, but establishing a community norm - in linked data
they publish. Aggregators, reviewers,  search tools, users of linked data
should pay attention to uses to check  and make (public) noise when those
norms are flouted. Tutorials and Courses that teach about how to make
linked data should include education about these norms.

In academia, citation is not mandated by license or law, but by norms, and
it is pretty darned effective. it could become the case that norms are
similarly effective in the lod community.

Alan
On Mar 31, 2013 1:20 PM, "Kingsley Idehen" <kidehen@openlinksw.com> wrote:

>  On 3/31/13 7:42 AM, Dominic wrote:
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>  Should this be stipulated as part of a license agreement?
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> CC-BY-SA is an example of such a license.
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> Kingsley
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>  Dominic
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> *From:* Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com> <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
> *To:* "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org> <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?
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> All,
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> " 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].
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> An HTTP URI is an extremely powerful citation and attribution mechanism.
> Incorporate Linked Data principles and the power increases exponentially.
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> It is okay to consume Linked Data from wherever and publish HTML documents
> based on source data modulo discoverable original sources Linked Data URIs.
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> 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.
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> 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 .
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> Links:
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> 1. http://ontolog.cim3.net/forum/ontolog-forum/2013-03/msg00084.html --
> ontolog list post .
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> Regards,
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> Kingsley Idehen
> Founder & CEO
> OpenLink Software
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> Regards,
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> Kingsley Idehen	
> Founder & CEO
> OpenLink Software
> Company Web: http://www.openlinksw.com
> Personal Weblog: http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/~kidehen
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