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Re: There's No Money in Linked Data

From: Pascal Hitzler <pascal.hitzler@wright.edu>
Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 23:36:08 -0400
Message-ID: <51999A28.9060405@wright.edu>
To: Leigh Dodds <leigh@ldodds.com>
CC: public-lod community <public-lod@w3.org>
Hello Leigh,

thanks for the pointers, I apologize for missing relevant ones. And I 
agree we should say how exactly we got the data, good point.

Pascal.

On 5/18/2013 4:58 AM, Leigh Dodds wrote:
> Hi Pascal,
>
> Its good to draw attention to these issues. At ISWC 2009 Tom Heath,
> Kaitlin Thaney, Jordan Hatcher and myself ran a workshop a legal and
> social issues for data sharing [1, 2]. Key themes from the workshop
> were around the importance of clear licensing, norms for attribution,
> and including machine-readable license data.
>
> At the time I did a survey of the current state of licensing of the
> Linked Data cloud, there's a write-up [3] and diagram [4].
>
> Looking over your analysis, I don't think the picture has changed
> considerably since then. We need to work harder to ensure that data is
> clearly licensed. But this is a general problem for Open Data, not
> just Linked Open Data.
>
> You don't say in your paper how you did the analysis. Did you use the
> metadata from the LOD group in datahub? [5]. At the time I had to do
> mine manually, but it wouldn't be hard to automate some of this now,
> perhaps to create an regularly updated set of indicators.
>
> One criteria that agents might apply when conducting "Follow Your
> Nose" consumption of Linked Data is the licensing of the target data,
> e.g. ignore links to datasets that are not licensed for your
> particular usage.
>
> Cheers,
>
> L.
>
> [1]. http://opendatacommons.org/events/iswc-2009-legal-social-sharing-data-web/
> [2]. http://blog.okfn.org/2009/11/05/slides-from-open-data-session-at-iswc-2009/
> [3]. http://blog.ldodds.com/2010/01/01/rights-statements-on-the-web-of-data/
> [4]. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ldodds/4043803502/
> [5]. http://datahub.io/group/lodcloud
>
> On Sat, May 18, 2013 at 3:15 AM, Pascal Hitzler
> <pascal.hitzler@wright.edu> wrote:
>> 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
>> http://knoesis.wright.edu/faculty/pascal/pub/nomoneylod.pdf
>>
>> Abstract.
>> 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.
>>
>> Authors:
>> 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/
>> Semantic Web Textbook: http://www.semantic-web-book.org
>> Semantic Web Journal: http://www.semantic-web-journal.net
>>
>>
>
>
>

-- 
Prof. Dr. Pascal Hitzler
Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
pascal@pascal-hitzler.de   http://www.knoesis.org/pascal/
Semantic Web Textbook: http://www.semantic-web-book.org
Semantic Web Journal: http://www.semantic-web-journal.net
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