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Re: Linked Data Book in Early Access Release

From: Dawson, Laura <Laura.Dawson@bowker.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2012 09:21:44 -0500
To: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>, David Wood <david@3roundstones.com>
CC: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
Message-ID: <CCE4C238.170BF%laura.dawson@bowker.com>
I actually spend quite a bit of time thinking about this. Given that an ebook is, fundamentally, an xhtml file, it seems feasible that structuring it and tagging it much as we do on the open web could lead to books themselves being linked. I am piloting some experiments with this in 2013 at Bowker.

Also, Weaving the Web is ironically NOT available as an ebook from HarperCollins.

From: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com<mailto:melvincarvalho@gmail.com>>
To: David Wood <david@3roundstones.com<mailto:david@3roundstones.com>>
Cc: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com<mailto:kidehen@openlinksw.com>>, "public-lod@w3.org<mailto:public-lod@w3.org>" <public-lod@w3.org<mailto:public-lod@w3.org>>
Subject: Re: Linked Data Book in Early Access Release

On 5 December 2012 14:56, David Wood <david@3roundstones.com<mailto:david@3roundstones.com>> wrote:
On Dec 5, 2012, at 08:46, Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com<mailto:kidehen@openlinksw.com>> wrote:

> On 12/5/12 7:55 AM, David Wood wrote:
>> On Dec 5, 2012, at 06:34, Chris Beer<chris@codex.net.au<mailto:chris@codex.net.au>>  wrote:
>>> ><snip>
>>> >
>>>>> >>>http://www.manning.com/dwood/  itself doesn't seam to have any Linked Data
>>>>> >>>to consume;)
>>> >
>>> >Makes sense to me - if you know enough to look for LD resources at the
>>> >manning.com/dwood/<http://manning.com/dwood/> URI, you've just self evaluated that you probably don't
>>> >need the book! :P
>> I agree - and have been speaking with Manning about this.  Unfortunately, I haven't made any progress yet.  I'll keep trying!
>> Thanks for the mail.  Perhaps I can use it as proof to Manning that people do want LD on their site.
>> Regards,
>> Dave
> Dave,
> They have to understand that its sorta contradictory if they need to be convinced of this matter :-)

Oh, I see your point and have made it myself.  Unfortunately, economics seems to be dictating otherwise to them for right or wrong.

The only productive suggestion that has been made to me is to put up a parallel site for the book that includes LD.  Michael Hausenblas has offered the domain linkeddatadeveloper.com<http://linkeddatadeveloper.com>, which was his original site for the book but has fallen into disuse.  Of course, I would need to be willing to pay for the site and take the time to operate it.

Would the community find that a useful thing to do?  I am willing to go to the effort if I receive a good number of positive responses.

In (I think the preface) to "Weaving the Web", Tim wrote something like, "The next one will be online, I promise"

The dream of linked data has always been to be a collaborative space to both read and write to.

If it were feasible to dogfood such an endeavour, I think the dream of linked data could be close to reality.

I wonder if we're close enough yet for this to be practical?

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