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Re: The next Internet giant: linking open data, providing open access to repositories

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2008 18:01:46 -0500
Message-ID: <493C55DA.9070301@openlinksw.com>
To: metadataportals@yahoo.com
CC: semantic-web <semantic-web@w3.org>, public-lod <public-lod@w3.org>

Sw-MetaPortal-ProjectParadigm wrote:
> Kinglsey,
>
> I would very much like to know what it will take to start up just such 
> a federation.
>
> There are technical standards, legal issues of copyright and numerous 
> others to explore.
>
Federation post Web 2.0 will occur in the same fashion centralization 
occurred during the Web 1.0 and 2.0 stages of Web evolution  i.e.,  
services / solutions deployment models.

If we take "Web 2.0" as a example, the model is inherently central 
courtesy of a specific application of the SaaS (Software as a Service) 
deployment model. Google, Yahoo, Facebook, MySpace, and the litany of 
others  (from Web 1.0 to 2.0) all fit my characterization in this regard.

Federation will resurface by the emergence of personalized variations of 
the SaaS deployment model courtesy of cloud computing platform 
offerings  like
Amazon EC2 (and others). We will end up with Personal Portals that 
expose Metadata in RDF based Linked Data form (pun intended :-) ),  
which is something that our OpenLink Data Spaces platform (ODS) [1] has 
long facilitated (i.e., all your Web 2.0 silos are hooked into a virtual 
data space that exposes the data from those enclaves as RDF based Linked 
Data).
>
> How do we go about designing a framework for the federation, i.e. a 
> defining framework document and the requirements for each 
> participating space?
>
See how we've done it via the ODS framework and programmers guide [2][3].
>
> And to use analogies from the community of self-autonomous entities, 
> will all spaces be equal like e.g. nations or will we have 
> city-states, capitol districts, autonomous territories, provinces and 
> the likes to identify the interrelatedness and dependency structure of 
> the spaces.
>
All of the above, in a nutshell.
>
> A federation presupposes common ideals, principles, standards, and 
> intentions governed by a declaring, defining document and a 
> constituting, instituting document.
>
Well we are a loose-ish federation of social beings in our human 
meta-space, we just haven't translated that completely to cyberspace.
>
> I know of at least three spaces myself would like to join such a 
> federation as soon as possible!
>
I think all the silo-ed members of social-networks and other Web 2.0 
solutions will make this happen in due course. The opportunity cost of 
futile resistance will force the silo owners to play ball (it always 
does eventually).
>
> We have all the essential building blocks in place, who will step to 
> the fore to create and form part of a council of founding fathers for 
> just such an endeavor?
>
"You" [4] :-)
>
> The exciting part of this process is that both consumers groups of 
> information and producers/providers of information represented in such 
> a space of linked data could form part of the federation.
>
> By doing so you will create a much better feedback loop about what 
> users would actually appreciate in functionality first, obviously 
> building on the standards created by W3C et alii.
>
> An exciting idea this federation!
>
Yes.

Links:

1. http://virtuoso.openlinksw.com/wiki/main/Main/Ods
2. 
http://virtuoso.openlinksw.com/dataspace/dav/wiki/Main/ODSProgrammersGuide
3. 
http://virtuoso.openlinksw.com/dataspace/dav/wiki/Main/VirtuosoOdsUbiquityTutorials
4. http://tinyurl.com/6lwfqj


Kingsley
>
> Milton Ponson
> GSM: +297 747 8280
> Rainbow Warriors Core Foundation
> PO Box 1154, Oranjestad
> Aruba, Dutch Caribbean
> www.rainbowwarriors.net
> Project Paradigm: A structured approach to bringing the tools for 
> sustainable development to all stakeholders worldwide
> www.projectparadigm.info
> NGO-Opensource: Creating ICT tools for NGOs worldwide for Project Paradigm
> www.ngo-opensource.org
> MetaPortal: providing online access to web sites and repositories of 
> data and information for sustainable development
> www.metaportal.info
> SemanticWebSoftware, part of NGO-Opensource to enable SW technologies 
> in the Metaportal project
> www.semanticwebsoftware.org
>
>
> --- On *Sun, 12/7/08, Kingsley Idehen /<kidehen@openlinksw.com>/* wrote:
>
>     From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
>     Subject: Re: The next Internet giant: linking open data, providing
>     open access to repositories
>     To: metadataportals@yahoo.com
>     Cc: "semantic-web" <semantic-web@w3.org>, "public-lod"
>     <public-lod@w3.org>
>     Date: Sunday, December 7, 2008, 7:14 PM
>
>     Sw-MetaPortal-ProjectParadigm wrote:
>     > The next Internet giant company will be linking open data and providing
>     open access to repositories, in the process seamlessly combining both paid for
>     subscriptions, Creative Commons or similar license based or open source software
>     schemes.
>     > 
>     > Revenues will be generated among other things from online advertising
>     streams currently not utilized by Google or Yahoo!
>     > 
>     > In the big scheme of things this company will redefine the concept of
>     internet search to provide access to deep(er) web levels of data and information
>     for which users will be willing to pay an annual flat fee subscription.
>     > 
>     > Sound improbable? Non-profit organizations dedicated to providing global
>     open access will soon start exploring just such
>      business schemes to determine if
>     it is feasible to fund and maintain the server farms, hard and software to do
>     just that.
>     > 
>     Milton,
>
>     Not improbable, that's what coming :-)
>
>     The only tweak of you statement would be this: there will be a federation of
>     linked data spaces rather than a single behemoth :-)
>
>     Kingsley
>     > 
>     > Milton Ponson
>     > GSM: +297 747 8280
>     > Rainbow Warriors Core Foundation
>     > PO Box 1154, Oranjestad
>     > Aruba, Dutch Caribbean
>     > www.rainbowwarriors.net
>     > Project Paradigm: A structured approach to bringing the tools for
>     sustainable development to all stakeholders worldwide
>     > www.projectparadigm.info
>     > NGO-Opensource: Creating ICT tools for NGOs worldwide for Project Paradigm
>     > www.ngo-opensource.org
>     > MetaPortal: providing online access to web sites and repositories of data
>     and information for sustainable development
>     >
>      www.metaportal.info
>     > SemanticWebSoftware, part of NGO-Opensource to enable SW technologies in
>     the Metaportal project
>     > www.semanticwebsoftware.org
>     > 
>     > 
>
>
>     -- 
>
>     Regards,
>
>     Kingsley Idehen	      Weblog: http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/~kidehen
>     President & CEO OpenLink Software     Web: http://www.openlinksw.com
>
>
>
>
>               
>
>


-- 


Regards,

Kingsley Idehen	      Weblog: http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/~kidehen
President & CEO 
OpenLink Software     Web: http://www.openlinksw.com
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