Linked Open Data – Open for Discovery?

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The ‘Open’ in Linked Open Data has been key to its successful spread as a data resource enabler, for those wishing to build upon and extend the value of others for the benefit of their projects in particular, and the whole web in general – 1,130+ datasets referenced in the Linking Open Data Cloud┬áproviding evidence of this success.

Openly licensed – Openly made available for access – Openly described with Open ontologies – often Open for query. ┬áTo those within the LOD & LODLAM communities this all makes perfect sense, but what about those in the wider web world who do not share our understanding and enthusiasm?

As a result of encouragement from the major search engines an others, 10s of millions of websites have deployed open structured data, based upon linked data principles, on billions of pages, using generic vocabularies. Their objective being to increase the discoverability of the resources those pages describe.

Based upon the assumption that one of the reasons for describing LAM resources using LOD is to help people find them; what should we do?

  • Nothing – let the search engines worry about discovery
  • Share structured data on our resource web pages
    1. Using our LOD ontologies
    2. Using
    3. Using a mixture of both
  • Use generic vocabularies such as instead of our domain specific ontologies

This session would provide an opportunity to explore and discuss these issues.


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