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Differences in thinking between TDWG and LinkedData groups about data sharing / integration

From: Peter DeVries <pete.devries@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 09:47:13 -0500
Message-ID: <3833bf630904230747h57d2f7c3u432435c8d6af56bf@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-lod@w3.org, tdwg-tag@lists.tdwg.org, taxacom@mailman.nhm.ku.edu
This paragraph below seems to encapsulate the differences in thinking
between the linkeddata community and
some of the TDWG people on how to best share biodiversity data.

*"The notion of a fabric of resources that are individually described,
queried, and resolved may seem unmanageable or like science fiction. For
organizations that are used to large, manual, centralized efforts to
standardize on everything, it may seem anarchic to allow resources to grow
organically and be described by anyone. The same people would probably not
believe the Web possible in the first place if there were not already ample
proof of its success."*

REST for Java developers, Part 4: The future is RESTful

I think that some people may have lost sight of the goal of making data
available to improve the understanding of our
natural world and hopefully better manage our natural resources.

It does not seem that creating a distributed network of fiefdoms will help
us achieve this goal.

- Pete

I was led to this article by @janzemanek on twitter.
Pete DeVries
Department of Entomology
University of Wisconsin - Madison
445 Russell Laboratories
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
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