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Re: please help define Web of Data

From: Enrico Franconi <franconi@inf.unibz.it>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 00:34:48 +0200
Cc: "tom.heath" <tom.heath@talis.com>, Semantic Web at W3C <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-Id: <7BD4D628-6579-4580-AF8E-14B236028FCD@inf.unibz.it>
To: Giovanni Tummarello <giovanni.tummarello@deri.org>
I guess Tom gave already an answer to your question: microformats are not in the web of data (nor are they linked data), they are just well structured (and easily accessible in the web environment) records of atomic ground data.
I happen to agree with both comments: there is a difference, but let's people find their own way autonomously: "Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting progress in the arts and the sciences and a flourishing socialist culture in our land." (Chairman Mao)

On 20 Apr 2011, at 17:32, Giovanni Tummarello wrote:

> Hi Tom,
> these basic terminology and definitions are used by so many in our
> community in  dozens of articles, books, interviews.
> As a community, credibility is obviously important. Loosing
> credibility hurts all those connected.  So, no, i dont think
> discussing and clarifying a bit the terminology and clarifying can be
> a waste of our time
> The question was simple, is the Web of Data equivalent to LOD or not?
> if i publish something the way way all the ecommerce people do using
> goodrelations or rotten tomatoes (with its very rich rdfa markup) or
> my foaf file, or any of the thousands of recipies websites which are
> publishing microformats so that google can provide faceted search on
> them http://www.google.com/#q=chicken+pasta
> these are not lod, ", are they on the "web of data" or not?
> If we can get a consensus then great, it helps me using terminology
> better and possibly all
> Gio
> On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 1:13 PM, Tom Heath <tom.heath@talis.com> wrote:
>> Hi guys,
>> FWIW I think there is a key distinction between a "Web of Data" and
>> "data on the Web". Much as I wanted to love Microformats (to pick one
>> example), when I tried to use them in anger I became frustrated at the
>> seeming lack of the 'linkiness' we need to truly connect data records
>> on the Web (or strictly speaking 'connect things described by data
>> records on the Web). Linked Data addresses this, which is one of the
>> reasons I'm such a fan.
>> That said, I'm not sure of the real need for a shared definition.
>> Isn't this a case of "each to their own" - something the Web is really
>> good for? Everyone is welcome to their own interpretation, and if
>> Sindice takes a very inclusive attitude to different data
>> formats/models then that's your free choice. Ultimately though, aren't
>> we all just better off getting on and building a Web of Data, whatever
>> definition we choose, than spending our precious time debating the
>> term?
>> Cheers,
>> Tom.
>> On 19 April 2011 12:04, Giovanni Tummarello
>> <giovanni.tummarello@deri.org> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> 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
>>> http://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/SSS/SSS10/paper/download/1189/1467
>> --
>> Dr Tom Heath
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