Re: Ending the Linked Data debate -- PLEASE VOTE *NOW*!

IMHO, Linked Data is a paradigm while RDF is a data model  (in fact, it 
is a bit more than that) with different serialization formats such a N3. 
Thus, Linked Data does not imply the use of RDF. Similarly, 
object-oriented programming also does not imply the use of Java or C++. 
Unsurprisingly, RDF is very well suited for Linked Data. Therefore, by 
using RDF (SPARQL, etc) we can focus on semantic interoperability issues 
and take a high degree of syntactic interoperability for granted.


On 06/13/2013 09:37 PM, Austin William Wright wrote:
> What debate are you talking about? Linked data, as far as I'm aware, 
> is defined at <>. You 
> can't exactly vote on the meaning of a definition, can you? If the 
> meaning is ambiguous, then it is ill-defined. But that doesn't let us 
> change the definition.
> RDF is just one implementation of linked data, but not necessarily the 
> only one. (Think like how HTTP is an implementation of REST.) However, 
> there's no other effort to create an implementation, currently the 
> only way to provide a truly inoperable linked data implementation is 
> to use RDF.
> On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 10:22 AM, David Booth < 
> <>> wrote:
>     -------- Original Message --------
>     Subject: Ending the Linked Data debate -- PLEASE VOTE *NOW*!
>     Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:19:27 -0400
>     From: David Booth < <>>
>     To: community, Linked < <>>
>     [Sidebar: A term of art is "A word or phrase that has special
>     meaning in a particular context". (The Free Dictionary)]
>     A heated debate has been raging about the accepted meaning
>     of the term "Linked Data" in the context of the Semantic
>     Web community -- whether or not this term implies the use
>     of RDF.  Since this depends on people's perceptions of the
>     term's meaning, rather than an official definition, a simple
>     poll has been created to settle this debate quantitatively.
>     The poll asks:
>         In normal usage within the Semantic Web community,
>         does the term "Linked Data" imply the use of RDF?
>     1. One vote per person.  Persons with multiple email
>     addresses are prohibited from voting more than once.
>     2. To prevent ballot stuffing, only votes from those who
>     have **previously posted a message** on a public W3C email
>     list (*before* 13-Jun-2013) will be counted.  The W3C
>     email search form will be used to ensure compliance:
>     3. To ensure that votes are counted correctly (and to
>     detect forged ballots), all votes will be verified and
>     listed publicly at
>     Results of this poll may be viewed at
>     (NOTE: The "View all responses" link on that page is
>     auto-generated and cannot be disabled.  Unfortunately it
>     links to the *editable* version of the response list,
>     which should not be shared, so please do not request
>     it.  The link above at #3 shows the same list in
>     read-only mode.)
>     Thank you,
>     David Booth
>     P.S. Please restrict follow-up discussion about this poll to
> <>

Krzysztof Janowicz

Geography Department, University of California, Santa Barbara
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