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There's No Money in Linked Data

From: Pascal Hitzler <pascal.hitzler@wright.edu>
Date: Fri, 17 May 2013 22:15:08 -0400
Message-ID: <5196E42C.7010803@wright.edu>
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We just finished a piece indicating serious legal issues regarding the 
commercialization of Linked Data - this may be of general interest, 
hence the post. We hope to stimulate discussions on this issue (hence 
the provokative title).

Available from

Linked Data (LD) has been an active research area for more than 6 years 
and many aspects about publishing, retrieving, linking, and cleaning 
Linked Data have been investigated. There seems to be a broad and 
general agreement that in principle LD datasets can be very useful for 
solving a wide variety of problems ranging from practical industrial 
analytics to highly specific research problems. Having these notions in 
mind, we started exploring the use of notable LD datasets such as 
DBpedia, Freebase, Geonames and others for a commercial application. 
However, it turns out that using these datasets in realistic settings is 
not always easy. Surprisingly, in many cases the underlying issues are 
not technical but legal barriers erected by the LD data publishers. In 
this paper we argue that these barriers are often not justified, 
detrimental to both data publishers and users, and are often built 
without much consideration of their consequences.

Prateek Jain, Pascal Hitzler, Krzysztof Janowicz, Chitra Venkatramani

Prof. Dr. Pascal Hitzler
Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
pascal@pascal-hitzler.de   http://www.knoesis.org/pascal/
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