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Re: "destabilizing core technologies: was Re: An RDF wishlist

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2010 08:24:59 -0400
Message-ID: <4C2DDA9B.2090205@openlinksw.com>
To: Bob Ferris <zazi@elbklang.net>
CC: Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>, Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
Bob Ferris wrote:
> Hi Ian,
> > But now people are seeing some of
>> the data being made available in browseable form e.g. at data.gov.uk
>> or dbpedia and saying, "I want to make one of those".
> I don't really believe that people would say after browsing dbpedia "I 
> want to make one of those". 


No, they don't say: "I want to make one of those", they say things like: 
"I would like to have one of those".

Very similar to organizations (an people) saying: I want a Web Site.

They key to any tech adoption (in the real world) ultimately comes down 
to making opportunity costs palpable. It's always ultimately about 
tangible (rather than hypothetical value).

> That's not the User Experience users expect to get. Please remember 
> the "Semantic-Web-UI" discussion last time. 

UI is not the issue, that's such a misconception.

Netscape, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo! etc.. started off with what many 
would call darn ugly Web Sites. They key to their success was using HTML 
to construct short paths to:

1. Value Discovery
2. Opportunity Cost Palpability.

Linked Data is ultimately about loose coupling of Information and Data 
(which aren't the same thing). Basically, enabling us to free ourselves 
of the inherent subjectivity of all projected information via access to 
"The Data Sources Behind The Information".

We simply need user interaction patterns that build on the burgeoning 
Linked Data substrate.

For those who continue to be confused about Web 2.0 (a realm that 
emerged fundamentally as a contemptuous response to the hypothesis heavy 
RDF) look at how it came to be:

1. Feeds
2. Feed Syndication
3. Pingers
4. Friending.

All of the items above represent patterns for social interaction via the 
> People are tending to use/experience richer visualisations of the 
> data/knowledge/information in the background. I hear often, especially 
> in the last time, the term 'story telling' - and that's it, I think.

Story telling also works well. That said, RDF's story remains one of the 
very worst ever told IMHO.

> Cheers,
> Bob



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