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

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 17:51:39 -0500
Message-ID: <49273B7B.9080308@openlinksw.com>
CC: public-lod@w3.org

Yves Raimond wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 8:08 PM, Giovanni Tummarello
> <giovanni.tummarello@deri.org> wrote:
>>> Overall, that's about 17 billion.
>> IMO considering myspace 12 billion triples as part of LOD, is quite a
>> stretch (same with other wrappers) unless they are provided by the
>> entity itself (E.g. i WOULD count in livejournal foaf file on the
>> other hand, ok they're not linked but they're not less useful than the
>> myspace wrapper are they? (in fact they are linked quite well if you
>> use the google social API)
> Actually, I don't think I can agree with that. Whether we want it or
> not, most of the data we publish (all of it, apart from specific cases
> e.g. review) is provided by wrappers of some sort, e.g. Virtuoso, D2R,
> P2R, web services wrapper etc. Hence, it makes not sense trying to
> distinguish datasets on the basis they're published through a
> "wrapper" or not.
> Within LOD, we only segregate datasets for inclusion in the diagram on
> the basis they are published according to linked data principles. The
> stats I sent reflect just that: some stats about the datasets
> currently in the diagram.
> The origin of the data shouldn't matter. The fact that it is published
> according to linked data principles and linked to at least one dataset
> in the cloud should matter.
>> Giovanni

I agree. But I am sure you can also see the inherent futility in 
pursuing the size of the pure Linked Data Web :-)  The moment you arrive 
at a number it will be obsolete :-)

I would frame the question this way: is LOD hub now dense enough for 
basic demonstrations of Linked Data Web utility to everyday Web users? 
For example, can we "Find" stuff on the Web with levels of precision and 
serendipity erstwhile unattainable? Can we now tag stuff on the Web in a 
manner that makes tagging useful? Can we alleviate the daily costs of 
Spam on mail inboxes? Can all of the aforementioned provide the basis 
for relevant discourse discovery and participation?



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