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please help define Web of Data

From: Giovanni Tummarello <giovanni.tummarello@deri.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 13:04:34 +0200
Message-ID: <BANLkTimEjoiVcs0aFXDak6a-Yo27wdWRPg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Semantic Web at W3C <semantic-web@w3.org>

I am writing here since i came across a few recent "foundational
style" publications on the topic that give a definition  of "web of
data" basically as SameAs of LOD - also specifying, in avoidance of
doubt, that the LOD community started the web of data.

I wish to preserve and make clear the difference between "Web of Data"
approaches such as Sindice.com (or anyone dealing with web markup
really, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Goodrelations ecommerce etc) and the
technicalities that LOD considers fundamental requisites.

In our definition . (e.g. see the very beginning of the video at
http://sig.ma ). the Web of Data,is the web made of pages that exposes
machine processable content definited according to some metadata
standard. So RDF, RDFa, Microformats, but also XML using notable
schemas. Of course LOD is part of it.

In our view the *all these formats* do indeed serve the purpose of web
scale data interoperability and aggregation. All these allow shared
understandings thanks to shared vocabularies, so the differences are
mostly syntactic and can easily be converted and integrated with
similar, general tools.  [1] discusses a bit more the vision, though
not specifically about this.

This is clearly outside LOD (it is indeed a vast superset). But i
really apologize if we have used this term wrong so far.

I will appreciate and change the term if there is vaste feeling htat
there would be no web of data without lod.
Otherwise maybe those who mean LOD can call  it LOD?  :)

please advice.

thanks in advance.
Gio & Renaud

[1]  "Publishing Data that Links Itself: A Conjecture" by G. Tummarello R.Delbru
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