4 Jun 2010 mhausenblas   » (Journeyer)

Linked Data Consumption – where are we?

These are exciting times, isn’t it? Every day new activities around Linked Data are reported.

All this happens at a rate, which can be overwhelming. Hence I think one should from time to time step back and have a chilled look at where we are concerning consumption of Linked Data. In the following I try to sum up a (rather high-level) view on the current state of the art and highlight ongoing challenges:

Task Technology Examples
Discovery Follow-Your-Nose on RDF-triple-level, Sitemaps, voiD
Access OpenLink’s ODE, SQUIN, any23
Consolidation sameas.org, Sig.ma
Nurture uberblic

As you can see, the more we get away from the data (discovery, access) and move into the direction of information, the fewer available solutions are there. From an application perspective aiming at exploiting Linked Data, the integrated, cleaned, information is of value, not the raw, distributed and dirty (interlinked) RDF pieces out there. In my experience, most of the consolidation and nurturing is still done on the application-level in an ad-hoc manner. There is plenty of room for frameworks and infrastructure to supply this functionality.

No matter if you’re a start-up, a first-year student or a CIO in an established company – have a look at the challenges and remember: now is the right time to come up with solutions. You and the Web will benefit from it.

Filed under: FYI, Linked Data

Syndicated 2010-06-04 08:43:56 from Web of Data

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