Re: Business Models, Profitability, and Linked Data

On 6/11/13 7:59 AM, Hugh Glaser wrote:
> On 10 Jun 2013, at 15:07, Kingsley Idehen <>
>   wrote:
>> On 6/10/13 9:06 AM, Leigh Dodds wrote:
>>> Hi,
> <snip snip snip />
>>> Sometimes its important to know how the sausage is made, sometimes its not.
>> You always need to know who made the sausage :-)
>> Kingsley
> I know this is sort of a throw-away remark, but actually, that isn't true, and applies to data as well.
> (And in the UK, it is an interesting question, given that there has recently been a lot of stuff about horse in processed foods.)
> When most people buy sausages they have no idea who made them, and are perfectly happy to buy them.

There is value in being able to triangulate back to who made the 
sausage. Remember, this is about business models which boil down to 
orchestrating value creation, distribution, and consumption.
> The trust comes from the direct supplier in the supply chain.

Yes, because the actual producer of the sausage is dislocated from said 
chain. Today, the Web enables us address the aforementioned dislocation. 
That's my fundamental point re. power of HTTP URIs and Linked Data.

> And even when something goes wrong, it is not detected and tracked by provenance of the supply chain, but by forensics.

Forensics and Data differ how? I know of no such thing as forensics that 
isn't basically piecing bits of data together en route to insights.
> Consumers of data at the most similarly only want to know that the immediate supplier warrants (or whatever) the data.

I am talking about what's possible with Linked Data in relation to 
business model, today. Not about what was difficult to attain in a world 
where what we have now didn't exist :-)

> Best
> Hugh



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Received on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:16:09 UTC