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[JSON-LD] Verbiage to replace the re-definition of Linked Data

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 02:19:03 -0400
Message-ID: <51BFFBD7.9010103@dbooth.org>
To: public-rdf-comments <public-rdf-comments@w3.org>
Here are some concrete proposals regarding the re-definition of Linked Data.

PROPOSAL 1. Regardless of anything else, TimBL's Linked Data document 
should be included in the list of references.  I thought that was 
already decided last week, but so many things have flown by that I may 
be wrong.
http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/LinkedData.html

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Next, here are a few proposals, any of which would be acceptable to me, 
for replacing the first paragraph of the Introduction:
http://json-ld.org/spec/latest/json-ld/#dfn-linked-data

PROPOSAL 2a. Quote the description of Linked Data from TimBL's document
http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/LinkedData.html
(using italics or something like that to indicate that it is a quote):
[[
Linked Data[LINKED_DATA] is a technique for creating a network of 
inter-connected data across different documents and Web sites:

   Like the web of hypertext, the web of data is constructed with
   documents on the web. However,  unlike the web of hypertext,
   where links are relationships anchors in hypertext documents
   written in HTML, for data they links  between arbitrary things
   described by RDF,.  The URIs identify any kind of object or
   concept.   But for HTML or RDF, the same expectations apply
   to make the web grow:

    1. Use URIs as names for things

    2. Use HTTP URIs so that people can look up those names.

    3. When someone looks up a URI, provide useful information, using 
the standards (RDF*, SPARQL)

    4. Include links to other URIs. so that they can discover more things.

These properties allow machine-interpretable data published on the Web 
to work much like Web pages do today. An application can start at one 
piece of Linked Data, and follow links to other pieces of Linked Data 
that are hosted on different sites across the Web, using standards to 
interpret that data according to a universal information model.
]]

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PROPOSAL 2b. Same as 2a but clean up TimBL's obvious typos, such
as s/they links/they are links/

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PROPOSAL 2c. Take "Linked Data" out of the definition macro so that it 
does not appear in bold, remove the list of four properties, and add 
mention of machine interpretation:
[[
Linked Data[LINKED_DATA] is a technique for creating a network of 
inter-connected machine interpretable data across different documents 
and Web sites.  It allows an application to start at one piece of Linked 
Data, and follow embedded links to other pieces of Linked Data that are 
hosted on different sites across the Web.
]]

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I'm sure some variations of these would be fine also, but hopefully 
these provide a good range of starting points.

Thanks,
David
Received on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 06:19:30 UTC

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