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Re: Size matters -- How big is the danged thing

From: Sören Auer <auer@informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 22:02:40 -0500
Message-ID: <4924D350.7000706@informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
To: Matthias Samwald <samwald@gmx.at>
CC: Giovanni Tummarello <giovanni.tummarello@deri.org>, Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.rpi.edu>, public-lod@w3.org

Hi Jim, all,

I think size matters too, but counting bubbles or triples in the LOD 
cloud will not help us much. The Semantic Data Web will only be 
successful, if it does not fit in any cloud anymore - I remember these 
early days of the Web, when people liked to draw maps of the WWW, and 
these really quickly disappeared when it got big. I hope that happens to 
the Data Web, too. Hopefully soon. But my current estimate is that the 
Data Web is probably rather shrinking right now (when compared to the 
still exponentially growing size of the Web). You can find a comparision 
of indicators regarding both sizes in [1].
 From my point the challenge currently is not to have many triples (its 
not so difficult to convert some really large DBs to RDF), but to have 
really many data sources, whose sum gives us more than the individual 
parts. But maybe this message is to complicated for panels and not 
really a success story yet...


[1] http://www.informatik.uni-leipzig.de/~auer/publication/triplify.pdf


Sören Auer, AKSW/Computer Science Dept., University of Leipzig
http://www.informatik.uni-leipzig.de/~auer,  Skype: soerenauer
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