Existing LOD projects (e.g. British Museum) demonstrate how easy it is to create a silo, simply by minting all the URLs oneself. What we need are shared frames of reference, so that when we are making statements about a particular person, for example, we always use the same URL. Shared frames of reference will make the ‘co-reference problem’ go away. For cultural heritage, those frames of reference will include people, places (with an historical dimension), events, and specialized objects such as ships.
I would like us to discuss how we can set up an environment which allows shared frames of reference to evolve out of the work of individual institutions and projects. Also, we should talk about how we can make it easy to use such shared resources in our individual cataloguing/annotation work.