What is exactly Linked Data?

July 27, 2011

Check out the first post of the Problems of Linked Data series. The subject of the post is the identity of Linked Data:

In mid-2009 Paul Miller asked the question Does Linked Data need RDF?. He stated that the idea that Linked Data can only be Linked Data if expressed in RDF is a dogmatism that makes him „deeply uncomfortable“. A big debate questioning (once basic) assumptions of Linked Data began, and there is still no consensus today.

The problem arose because of the imprecise definition of the Linked Data rules that can be interpreted in different ways. The document that defines Linked Data and its rules is a personal note by Tim Berners-Lee and hasn’t been formally approved by the W3C. Even the term “Linked Data” itself is controversial and contributes to the confusion in the sense that the exact concept of “Linked Data” is conflated with the general idea of linking (any) data. Anyway, the third rule for publishing Linked Data has led to the most confusion and debate:

read the whole post >

Stay tuned, more to come soon!

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