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I don't know how you've arrived at the conclusion that Linked Data is RDF-only. It isn't. Conflating the concept of Linked Data and RDF is the fundamental flaw retrospectively inserted into TimBL's original Linked Data meme. This strange marketing anomaly remains the biggest obstacle to Linked Data comprehension and adoption. You can give *things* names that resolve to descriptor documents (resources) via indirection without any RDF in the mix. Remember, RDF is about using IRIs for denoting (naming) *things*. It says or claims nothing about use of indirection (implicit or explicit) to identify documents (resources) that describe what denoted. Linked Data is fundamentally about use of indirection to associate an entity (real-world or otherwise) with a resource that bears its description via resource content. Links: 1. -- Web 3.0 Manifesto re. Structured Data 2. -- example of a Linked Data service that produces Linked Data from a plethora of data sources while also offering said data in a myriad of structured data formats constrained by the entity-attribute-value model enhanced via incorporation of de-referencable URI based hyperlinks.
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2012 on What Are Linked Data Services? at dretblog
Business Intelligence and Linked Data are connected subjects in our world view re. Giant Global Graph of Linked Data. Intelligence is a function of being able to access and make sense of data across disparate data sources. This applies to individuals and their social networks just as it applies to same individuals within enterprise intranets. Of course, this also applies to enterprises (organizations which are Agents too). No matter what moniker we apply to the subject matter in question, the fundamental value boils down increased Agility by surmounting the inertia of data silos. This is indeed the essence of the mater re. Linked Data since it facilitates data virtualization across heterogeneous data sources via a mesh of distributed data objects. Key thing to note: 1. none of what I state is unique to RDF. RDF is simply an option. The power comes from URIs and EAV based linked data graph representation 2. reasoning is important and mandatory, but you need the linked data substrate in place first for the "sense making" prowess of reasoning to surface. Some links to posts and resources that cover Linked Data and Business Intelligence (BI) from the past: 1. -- collection of posts from Orri Erlings blog data space 2. -- collection of tutorials oriented towards making sense of data 3. -- business intelligence extensions for SPARQL (SPARQL-BI) . Kingsley
Toggle Commented May 5, 2011 on From AI to BI at dretblog
All, Without verifiable digital identity you can never build a scalable Trust Model for any network (which includes Web and broader Internet). Thus, Identity is key to any sustainable Linked Data business model. Based on the reality above, FOAF+SSL based WebIDs are going to be vital. Therefore, look to the "Profiles as a Service" (PaaS) model to compliment "Data as a Service" (DaaS) model re. the business side of Linked Data. Links: 1. -- FOAF+SSL information space 2. -- FOAF+SSL demonstration 3. -- Slideshare hosted FOAF+SSL presentation by Henry Story (@bblfish)
Dave, A very insightful post. Re. Assertion #3, it isn't going to be Facebook, Google, GMAIL, or Apple Itunes, its going to be a WebID. Yes, an ID owned by you without the PKI complexity of yore re. generation and management. Basically, we are looking at what I call the "The Magic of You!" . Not only will you own your own Identity, you will make money from the granularity and quality of the Linked Data meshes exposed via your WebID. Take a deep breadth here, really, this isn't hyperbole, its just about a Web and this burgeoning aspect known as the Web of Linked Data. In the future you activity will be oriented towards adding granularity and quality to your profile. I say this because: the granularity of your profile will be inextricably bound to quality and quantity of vendors that will seek to ride your Linked Data highway. Basically, bye-bye worthless surveys and focus groups, and hello to the real deal i.e., your world view described and maintained by you, on your data access terms. Facebook, Google, Yahoo! et al, haven't be able to crack: 1. Personalization without wondering across lines of personal privacy (cookies don't cut it!) 2. Disambiguation of data (think: "Tiger Who?" vs "Tiger What?") across any kind of data set (small or large) 3. Esoteric Find -- by this I mean: find me a Camcorder vendor within a N km radius of my currently location where I can obtain Camera with a specific features such as a : Zoom Length to Body Weight ratio <= X . Some Links: 1. -- Podcast interview with Jon Udell about self indexing via structured profiles courtesy of RDFa 2. -- Numerati & Magic of You 3. -- Live Demos (note the iPhone demo re. Finding Stuff around you via Linked Data rather than select services as you see today re. Web 2.0 ) 4. -- FOAF+SSL based WedID demo 5. -- disambiguated search (Precision Find Demo) Kingsley
Procrastinators: the Linked Data train is leaving the station. The Web as you know it has been tweaked, unobtrusively. The unobtrusive aspect only applies to Web aesthetics. Thus, for business models we are talking bone jarring inflection! Kingsley Idehen Blog:
What happened to DBpedia re. your slides? Freebase and DBpedia mutually inclusive variants of the same thing: Linked Open Data Spaces. Remember, Calais, New York Times, BBC, and many other service providers in the Linked Open Data realm tap into DBpedia. Put bluntly, Linked Open Data is the House that DBpedia built :-) Links: 1. 2. .
I still prefer "Data as a Service" over "Raw Data as an Application" :-) As per tweet, Applications are one thing (data orchestrators) and Data another. Structured Linked Data as a Service (private or pubic data centers) is a major item re. the Business of Linked Data (BOLD).
Now you see why I once made the audacious statement that: Obama's legacy will be defined by effects of:, rather than healthcare. Basically, "Data is the new Electricity" and Linked Data is all about the conduction mechanism. The era of the "Citizen Analyst" is nigh! And like Blogging, the underlying Blogic of Linked Data will inflect everything!! Kingsley
Re. Authority, its no different from what we do everyday, the fundamental question we ask (overtly or covertly) is always this: Who Are You and What are Your Credentials. Credentials are of themselves subjective and interleaved with social factors. The Web of Linked Data simply shrinks the Who, What, Where, When into a data de-referencing act combined with contextual reasoning for the "Why". On mouse click on a URL is basically what this will come down to etc.. :-) Kingsley
Scott, Re last comment: s/than/that. Meant to say: Even better, this in-built identification feature provides a low-cost-high-impact attribution mechanism *that* incentivizes everyone to expose value via references (LINKs). Re. next week, I am going to be at MIT in the evening for the Semantic Web Gathering & Student session. The 9am panel on tuesday collides badly with my schedule :-( Kingsley
Great post as usual! Some tweaks/suggestions: 1. Subscription - more granular RESTful "toll booth" variant is available to any Linked Data (a data highway) publisher courtesy of HTTP 402 2. Advertising -- Adwords 3.0 will be about demographic specificity and precision for: Advertisers, Ad Networks, and Content Providers 3. Branding -- Discourse Discovery & Participation is critical success factor #1 for Brand Development & Maintenance 4. Traffic Model -- elegance of HTTP referrer links enables reverse progressive demographic data collation and analysis which is critical to the real-time Web An addition: Generic HTTP URIs (LINKs with data specificity benefits) are a solution to the missing Web Identity conundrum; they will enable clear identification of all contributors to any economic value chain. Even better, this in-built identification feature provides a low-cost-high-impact attribution mechanism than incentivizes everyone to expose value by references (LINKs) :-)
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