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Re: Ending the Linked Data debate -- PLEASE VOTE *NOW*!

From: Erik Wilde <dret@berkeley.edu>
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:37:38 -0700
Message-Id: <2F98780C-5074-4BB0-B6D4-6AEF0FADA1B3@berkeley.edu>
Cc: "ashok.malhotra@oracle.com" <ashok.malhotra@oracle.com>, "public-ldp@w3.org" <public-ldp@w3.org>
To: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
i am still wondering, though, how to meaningfully end a debate with a question where there is 100% certainty about the results you will get, but you got my vote! cheers, dret.

On Jun 13, 2013, at 12:03, David Booth <david@dbooth.org> wrote:

> Of course there would be a different answer if the context is changed!
> A term of art *always* has a context, and will not carry the same meaning in a different context.  If you talk to a bunch of locksmiths about "foreign keys" the term will mean something completely different than what it means in the database world.  That is the whole point of a term of art.
> The point of this poll is to determine whether "Linked Data" *is* a term of art **in the Semantic Web community**, and if so whether its established meaning includes being based on RDF.  Obviously the term could not possibly have the same meaning among those who have never heard of RDF, or have little or no understanding of it, just as "foreign key" will not have the same meaning to those who have little or no understanding of relational databases.
> David
> On 06/13/2013 01:59 PM, Ashok Malhotra wrote:
>> David:
>> You loaded the question by adding the phrase "within the Semantic Web
>> community"
>> where the answer is clearly YES.  If you had asked the question without
>> the phrase you
>> may have gotten a different answer.
>> All the best, Ashok
>> On 6/13/2013 1:23 PM, David Booth wrote:
>>> -------- Original Message --------
>>> Subject: Ending the Linked Data debate -- PLEASE VOTE *NOW*!
>>> Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:19:27 -0400
>>> From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
>>> To: community, Linked <public-lod@w3.org>
>>> [Sidebar: A term of art is "A word or phrase that has special
>>> meaning in a particular context". (The Free Dictionary)]
>>> A heated debate has been raging about the accepted meaning
>>> of the term "Linked Data" in the context of the Semantic
>>> Web community -- whether or not this term implies the use
>>> of RDF.  Since this depends on people's perceptions of the
>>> term's meaning, rather than an official definition, a simple
>>> poll has been created to settle this debate quantitatively.
>>> The poll asks:
>>>    In normal usage within the Semantic Web community,
>>>    does the term "Linked Data" imply the use of RDF?
>>> http://goo.gl/cbyQd
>>> 1. One vote per person.  Persons with multiple email
>>> addresses are prohibited from voting more than once.
>>> 2. To prevent ballot stuffing, only votes from those who
>>> have **previously posted a message** on a public W3C email
>>> list (*before* 13-Jun-2013) will be counted.  The W3C
>>> email search form will be used to ensure compliance:
>>> http://goo.gl/aqtGW
>>> 3. To ensure that votes are counted correctly (and to
>>> detect forged ballots), all votes will be verified and
>>> listed publicly at
>>> http://goo.gl/PXhRG
>>> Results of this poll may be viewed at
>>> http://goo.gl/GMeom
>>> (NOTE: The "View all responses" link on that page is
>>> auto-generated and cannot be disabled.  Unfortunately it
>>> links to the *editable* version of the response list,
>>> which should not be shared, so please do not request
>>> it.  The link above at #3 shows the same list in
>>> read-only mode.)
>>> Thank you,
>>> David Booth
>>> P.S. Please restrict follow-up discussion about this poll to
>>> public-lod@w3.org
Received on Thursday, 13 June 2013 20:53:05 UTC

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