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RE: TimBL mentions Linking Open Data on BBC Radio4

From: Chris Wallace <Chris.Wallace@uwe.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 09 Jul 2008 11:43:59 +0100
To: "Dickinson, Ian J. (HP Labs, Bristol, UK)" <ian.dickinson@hp.com>, public-lod@w3.org
Message-id: <E64155BBC69C1448BC2626C5AE262A970392B850@egen-uwe02>

Hi Ian (next door) et al

It strikes me that the first use case cited is utopian, relying on  near
universal adoption of semantic web ideas, whilst the others suggested
depend not so much on semantic relationships but on geo-location tagging
of resources, with computed spatial relationships. 

The example for the semantic web I use in teaching is the problem of
merging company data across functional or organisational boundaries in a
company or sector, which still leaves a lot of vocabulary work to
achieve any benefit. 

My linked data teaching examples are generally meshups based on dbpedia
data such as these timelines of Rock artist releases 

http://www.cems.uwe.ac.uk/xmlwiki/RDF/groupIndex.xq

However this use case sadly illustrates the instability of linked data -
I just noticed that Eric Clapton a(and others) has gone from this list -
well it seems some re-categorisation has occurred in Wikipedia so he and
most everyone else of importance are now in the
 
Rock_and_Roll_Hall_of_Fame_inductees_as_a_Performer%E2%80%8E Category

http://dbpedia.org/page/Category:Rock_and_Roll_Hall_of_Fame_inductees_as
_a_Performer%E2%80%8E


Note the excited final characters in this name!

So for me its still very hard vocab work on the one hand, fragile
meshups on the other.

Don't get me wrong, I love this stuff really!

Chris

Example is from http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/XQuery#The_Semantic_Web



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