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Linked Data in my Head

From: Barry Norton <barry.norton@ontotext.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:12:19 +0100
Message-ID: <51BF0B33.2030209@ontotext.com>
To: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
Now that we've established, whatever TimBL's Note says, that Linked Data 
doesn't require SPARQL, RDF or HTTP it's time we talked about the 
elephant in the room: URIs.

A thought experiment (literally): in my brain is a lot of knowledge - 
'metadata' if you will - connected up in a graph. I can't read someone 
else's thoughts, in the form of a writing - whether it's a book with an 
ISBN (and hence a URI), or a crudely drawn message on a bathroom wall - 
and integrate that into the graph.

Sure, I don't produce RDF, or speak HTTP, very easily, and my thoughts 
don't have global identifiers, but the whole beauty of Linked Data is 
that it is loosely coupled to computers anyway.

What conclusion do I draw?

I've seen it. It's people.

Linked Data is made out of people.

LINKED DATA IS PEOPLE.

WE'VE GOT TO STOP THEM... SOMEHOW!

Barry (you can't throw me to the lions - I'm Charlton Heston)
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