Re: Linked Data discussions require better communication

I agree with you David. Unfortunately the title of rating system (Linked
Open Data) is often misinterpreted.

The first 3 stars are really describing Open Data. The last two are really
Linked Data. A better title could be: "From Data to Linked Data" . I often
used the term of "Infocline" to describe the migration from data to


On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM, David Booth <> wrote:

> On 06/20/2013 02:09 PM, Ted Thibodeau Jr wrote:
>> <**DesignIssues/LinkedData.html<>
>> >
>> Discussing 5-star Linked Open Data (2010 addition to this
>> document created in 2006) --
>>  ★        Available on the web (whatever format) but with
>>>            an open licence, to be Open Data
>>> ★★       Available as machine-readable structured data
>>>            (e.g. excel instead of image scan of a table)
>>> ★★★      as (2) plus non-proprietary format (e.g. CSV
>>>             instead of excel)
>>> ★★★★    All the above plus, Use open standards from W3C
>>>             (RDF and SPARQL) to identify things, so that
>>>             people can point at your stuff
>>> ★★★★★  All the above, plus: Link your data to other
>>>             people’s data to provide context
>> Now...  RDF doesn't come in until you get a 4-star rating.
>> Are all you folks who are arguing that Linked Data *mandates*
>> RDF suggesting that 1-, 2-, and 3-star rated Linked Open Data
>> is *not* Linked Data?
> Exactly.  Read the criteria above for the stars, and think about it.
> Suppose a JPEG image is placed on the web with an open license.  Would it
> make any sense to call it "Linked Open Data", just because it meets the
> criteria for one star?  Certainly not, as that would render the term
> completely meaningless.  And as a second example, notice that linking only
> comes into play with *five* stars: data meeting the first four stars is not
> even linked!  It would not any make sense at all to call something "4-star
> Linked Open Data" if it is not even linked!
> The only sensible interpretation of the stars is that they indicate
> milestones of progress *toward* "Linked Open Data" -- *not* that there are
> five levels of Linked Open Data.
> David

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