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Re: There's No Money in Linked Data

From: Hugh Glaser <hg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2013 11:27:11 +0000
To: Prateek <jainprateek@gmail.com>
CC: "<public-lod@w3.org>" <public-lod@w3.org>, Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>, "<a.blumauer@semantic-web.at>" <a.blumauer@semantic-web.at>
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Thanks Prateek, very helpful.

And yes, I think there are many questions to be asked about Linked Open Data, such as is there money in it? for whom? how? what are the impediments?
And as each of the many years pass, for a technology that claims to be transforming at a technological and a social level, statements of faith that it will transform things, rather than widespread evidence that it has, become more problematic.
Of course some of us may "keep the faith", but "blind faith" is not a good place to be :-)
Discussion of impediment is particularly important, even if it involves casting out the beam from our own eye.
Best regards
Hugh

On 6 Jun 2013, at 00:16, Prateek <jainprateek@gmail.com>
 wrote:

> Hello All,
> 
> I am one of the authors of the work being discussed.
> 
> All the stuff I have seen till now is about Linked Data being great and useful for data integration within commercial settings. The work does not disputes that. I agree we didn't use the proper term, and from the reading of the work it becomes clear we didn't complain about this aspect. The work will be revised to correct the terminology and other feedback from the mailing list.
> 
> The issue pointed out in the work is with Linked Open Data Cloud data sets. This is getting limited or no attention in the discussions. Its like saying the technology is awesome, lets not worry so much about the 'open' data sets. 
> 
> In Adrea's blog he is saying technology is mature now. That is great. But these technologies have been around for a while now.
> 
> The question still remains, what about the 'open' datasets amassed till now? The 300+ datasets which everyone uses in their slides.
> 
> In the blog
> 
> "Yes, there is a critical mass of available LOD sources (for example UK Ordnance Survey) and also of high-quality thesauri and ontologies (for example Wolter Kluwer’s working law thesaurus) to be reused in corporate settings"
> 
> But they have been around for about 6 yrs? Why haven't they been used till now besides academic playgrounds or for pure research? Is it not good enough to be used? In the hope it will happen one day? In your blog there is a link for use case of Linked Data. Why don't we find same thing for Linked Open Data?
>  
> (These are all questions which I have pondered about, not a criticism)
> 
> I have tried collecting the use cases before for LOD http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.org.w3c.public-lod/1575
> 
> The response was limited.
> 
> Happy to see the discussion, but I think the main issue seems to be getting sidelined.
> 
> Regards
> 
> Prateek
> 
> Note: The views expressed herein are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of my co-authors of the work 'There's No Money in Linked Data' and my employer.
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