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RE: TimBL mentions Linking Open Data on BBC Radio4

From: Dickinson, Ian J. (HP Labs, Bristol, UK) <ian.dickinson@hp.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2008 10:23:45 +0000
To: Yves Raimond <yves.raimond@gmail.com>
CC: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C49B6B58853ACD4E96677F24DD9C446C2948A40EF6@GVW1114EXC.americas.hpqcorp.net>

Hi Yves,
> Actually, I often use this one along with other
> "things-that-we-can-do-now" music-related use-cases, as I
> find people tends to like it: anyone would have struggled
> with its iTunes (or
> whatever) library at least once. I often find that use cases
> work better when it relates to things the public experienced
> in the past.
Agreed. I think that finding music I might like *is* a good use case, and one that people can relate to. What I don't see is how geographical location helps. Where I live there are a bunch of local musicians living, and doubtless some famous-ish ones were born nearby, but I don't like or dislike their music because of that. I also like Arthur C. Clarke's fiction, which has nothing to do with the fact that Minehead, where he was born, is less than 100 miles from my current location. So yes to music selection as a use case, yes to helping find stuff I might like through semantic annotations/LOD, but I'm not yet convinced by the geo location angle.

> Big sci-fi use-cases tend to work a bit less.
For sure.

> I had the feeling the journalist *was* actually impressed by
> this use-case, btw?
Well, I heard, after Tim explained the music<->geohash mashup idea:

"Ha ha ha. Slightly recherché things to want to do!"

1.      sought out with care.
2.      very rare, exotic, or choice; arcane; obscure.
3.      of studied refinement or elegance; precious; affected; pretentious.


I would shade that as a mildly negative response, but ymmv. But the overall tone of the interview was generally positive, that's true.


[1] http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/recherche

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