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Re: Potential Formal Object from DERI over JSON-LD

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 09:22:59 -0400
Message-ID: <50869A33.5030507@openlinksw.com>
To: public-rdf-wg@w3.org
On 10/23/12 8:05 AM, Eric Prud'hommeaux wrote:
> Most recently, TimBL coined the term "Linked Open Data" to categorize RDF data which was freely-available and reproducable and followed all of the RDF good practice. Removing "Open" leaves us with, well, RDF good practice.
I disagree.

TimBL used memes to provide two crucial reminders to those lost in the 
increasing confusion around Semantic Web project. First off, he dropped 
a meme [1] encouraging the FOAF community to use de-referencable URIs to 
denote the subjects of profile documents. Secondly, he outlined (via 
other memes [1][]2]) how to publish structured data on the Web via the 
use of description (or descriptor) documents that use de-referencable to 
denote document subjects, subject matter, and other related concepts.

TimBL wasn't driven (IMHO) by a desire to bring clarity to RDF. He 
simply sought to ensure that his original vision of the Web wasn't lost 
in distractions and utter confusion. Remember, RDF was already mired in 
confusion that emerged from RDF/XML around the time of these memes. In 
fact, this entire "clarity & reclamation journer" started around the 
time that N3 and Turtle were created.

Following what I've outlined above, the stage was set for follow on 
efforts such as DBpedia and the Linked Open Data cloud. In short, all 
classic Web once you triangulate back to the original vision.

As I've stated many times, claiming Linked Data for RDF is ultimately a 
disservice to efforts. RDF is an optional and useful route to Linked 
Data production,  but never the sole option.


1. http://dig.csail.mit.edu/breadcrumbs/node/71 --  Personal URI 
denoting profile documents subjects meme
2. http://dig.csail.mit.edu/breadcrumbs/node/215 -- Giant Global Graph meme
3. http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/LinkedData.html -- Linked Data meme
4. http://bit.ly/PacSvt -- TED talk where he reminds everyone about the 
use of URIs as a denotation mechanism for entities of any type i.e., 



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