Why is it bad practice to consume Linked Data and publish opaque HTML pages?


" Citing sources is useful for many reasons: (a) it shows that it isn't 
a half-baked idea I just pulled out of thin air, (b) it provides a 
reference for anybody who wants to dig into the subject, and (c) it 
shows where the ideas originated and how they're likely to evolve." -- 
John F. Sowa [1].

An HTTP URI is an extremely powerful citation and attribution mechanism. 
Incorporate Linked Data principles and the power increases exponentially.

It is okay to consume Linked Data from wherever and publish HTML 
documents based on source data modulo discoverable original sources 
Linked Data URIs.

It isn't okay, to consume publicly available Linked Data from sources 
such as the LOD cloud and then republish the extracted content using 
HTML documents, where the original source Linked Data URIs aren't 
undiscoverable by humans or machines.

The academic community has always had a very strong regard for citations 
and source references. Thus, there's no reason why the utility of Linked 
Data URIs shouldn't be used to reinforce this best-practice, at Web-scale .


1. http://ontolog.cim3.net/forum/ontolog-forum/2013-03/msg00084.html -- 
ontolog list post .



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Received on Saturday, 30 March 2013 14:35:30 UTC