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RE: TimBL mentions Linking Open Data on BBC Radio4

From: Tom Heath <Tom.Heath@talis.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2008 11:03:00 +0100
Message-ID: <DD5E887552496241BC701548837A282F06FBE134@nemo.talis.local>
To: "Dickinson, Ian J. \(HP Labs, Bristol, UK\)" <ian.dickinson@hp.com>, <public-lod@w3.org>

Hi Ian,

Yes, agreed, good examples are often tough. The kind of thing that
motivates me (I'll leave you to infer the causal direction) and I think
speaks to other people too is stuff like:

"find me a hotel within x distance of point y, that's rated 4 or 5 stars
out of 5 by people I know"

Or 

"find me the shop in central Birmingham or Bristol that sells this
particular jacket for the cheapest price"

Both these examples are fairly consumer oriented (again, draw your own
conclusions).

Perhaps something like:

"find me the highest impact research lab in discipline x that offers
research internships starting within the next 6 months and accepts
international applications"

might be a little more wholesome, although not likely to speak to the
proverbial Granny/Grandad.

Instead (s)he might like (not to draw on stereotypes) something like:

"find me the local bridge club that's most easily reached by public
transport"

Those any improvement?

Tom. 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-lod-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:public-lod-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Dickinson, 
> Ian J. (HP Labs, Bristol, UK)
> Sent: 09 July 2008 10:45
> To: public-lod@w3.org
> Subject: RE: TimBL mentions Linking Open Data on BBC Radio4
> 
> 
> Hi Tom,
> I heard the interview too. It was cool (and slightly weird) 
> to hear "semantic web" discussed on prime-time news, but I 
> thought that Tim could have used a more compelling example. 
> The interviewer didn't seem overly impressed by Tim's "find 
> me music by people born within 100 miles of my location". 
> OTOH, it's hard to come up with really compelling examples to 
> use with non-specialists. Which examples does anyone else use 
> to get the idea of LOD across in the mainstream?
> 
> Ian
> 
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: public-lod-request@w3.org
> > [mailto:public-lod-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Tom Heath
> > Sent: 09 July 2008 10:27
> > To: public-lod@w3.org
> > Subject: TimBL mentions Linking Open Data on BBC Radio4
> >
> >
> > TimBL was on the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning (the BBCs 
> > prime morning news/current affairs radio programme) talking 
> about the 
> > Semantic Web, and specifically mentions Linking Open Data:
> >
> > http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_7496000/7496976.stm
> >
> > Nice :)
> >
> > --
> > Tom Heath
> 
> 
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