Re: Socio technical/Qualitative metrics for LD Benchmarks

When talking about UN, case in point:

excerpted from SDI-LatinAmericaCaribbean mailing list, notice involvement of W3C Brazil
Open Data for the Development of Public Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean
The objective of the Open Data for the Development of Public Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean (OD4D) project
is to contribute to the development of Open Data strategies leading to accountability, innovative services and effective
public policies, thus promoting a more inclusive economy of knowledge in Latin America and the Caribbean. The project
is implemented in partnership with the International Development and Research Center (IDRC) of Canada, W3C Brazil and
the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA). The OD4D has 6 specific objectives:
- To map out the main initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean for structured economic, social and environmental data
sharing and to design a methodological framework to examine the relationship between opening data and the quality of
public policies.
- To study and discuss alternative strategies to foster technical training in governmental agencies and observatories in the
region, thus implementing open data repositories for the design, monitoring and assessment of public policies.
- To support research networks in Latin America and the Caribbean in producing new information and creating innovative
applications and services based on open data.
- To examine the relationship between more inclusive economic development and the opening of data in key economic
- To raise awareness among the community of public policy makers, public servants and researches of the potential of Open
Data and appropriate strategies for its successful implementation.
- To assess the potential of Open Data strategies in the design and implementation of public policies aimed at promoting
economic development and social inclusion in Latin American countries and in the Caribbean.
SDI-LatinAmericaCaribbean mailing list

Here you have exactly the type of institutional actors which would require this type of benchmarking and which have the channels to allocate resources to such endeavors.

Milton Ponson
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 From: Paola Di Maio <>
To: semantic-web at W3C <> 
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:29 AM
Subject: Socio technical/Qualitative metrics for LD Benchmarks

Yesterday I attended the LDBC Technical User Group in Barcelona. This is a quick field note for those who are also interested in linked data benchmarking and the progress being made in the field.

It was good to meet some of the people I have exchanged  only via email so far, and so many socio-technical dimensions crop up in the many presentations. It would important to develop a Benchmark (or set of benchmarks) capable of capturing and measuring them. I suggested that:

- technical performance is an emergent property of a socio-technical system
- vast quantity of triples are a waste of cyber space if they cannot produce measurable knowledge advantage (ther is a cognitive dimension to linked data outputs)
-  I'd likpropose the inclusion of socio-technical/qualitative metrics to the Benchmark, in addition to purely technical /quantitative ones, to ensure the usefulness of the latter.

I had several conversations with consortium members, and they all seem to agree with this requirement,  

However the very few members of the consortium with a narrow computer science background may not immediately grasp the socio-technical aspects of technical complexity, since the semantic web research and development have been, until very recently,  driven by narrow minded computer scientists and characterized by the lack of  socio technical vision. 

Paola Di Maio

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