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Re: [Dbpedia-discussion] SOPA, Wikipedia, and dbpedia

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:26:45 -0500
Message-ID: <4F159335.8070602@openlinksw.com>
To: J??rn Hees <j_hees@cs.uni-kl.de>
CC: dbpedia-discussion@lists.sourceforge.net, semantic-web@w3.org, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
On 1/17/12 10:01 AM, Jörn Hees wrote:
> Hi,
> On 17. Jan. 2012, at 15:08, Kingsley Idehen wrote:
>> On 1/17/12 8:39 AM, Mischa Tuffield wrote:
>>> Following on from the news that the English Wikipedia is going dark in opposition to the SOPA/PIPA tomorrow (2012-01-18) given the activity in the US [1], I wonder whether we as the Semantic Web Community feel like we should turn around and turn off dbpedia? What do people think? Wouldn't that be a nice show of support to Wikipedia, dbpedia's parent project, I think so ...
> Note that en.wikipedia.org won't be "turned off", they will have a black click through page before being able to access articles.
> While ok (for me) for pages intended for humans, i don't know if it's wise to do the same for machine accessible data.

In the case of DBpedia that means: /page/ links can do similar.

As for the machine vs human matter, SOPA doesn't make any distinction. 
Same really applies to Linked Data, its all about representation formats 
for structured data via description oriented directed graphs.

> The machines will get confused.

That's part of the point.
> I'd at least not do that for properly content negiated rdf access, sparql endpoints, etc.
>>> Poor students, what will they do tomorrow!
> Thought the same and considered not closing my 1000 tabs (and really using them), but the design templates for tomorrow show a continue link and folks in #wikipedia on freenode confirmed it's just a click through, but might be good if people really think it will be shut down tomorrow as it helps the case.
>> Interesting idea. It will actually show how extensive DBpedia's use actually is. From the logs, we know its far more than many assume :-)
> Can't you just publish that info on the dbpedia page?

We can do lots of things. It's just structured data representation :-)

> Cheers,
> Jörn
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