Socially linked data

Photo: spcbrass

Photo: spcbrass

The more obvious journey toward a linked data world starts with releasing data publicly on the Internet. #

“Before you make a beautiful web site, first give us the unadulterated data. You have no idea the number excuses people come up with to hang on to their data and not give it to you even though you’ve paid for it as a taxpayer.” #

Openness makes you more relevant. It creates opportunity. It’s a way into people’s hearts and minds. It’s empowering. It’s not hard to do. And once it starts happening it becomes apparent that it mustn’t and often can’t stop happening. #

“It’s a prototype of a service for people moving into a new area. It gathers information about your area, such as local services, environmental information and crime statistics.” #

Opening data is making government matter more to people. That’s great, but it’s just the beginning. #

Source: T.J. VanSlyke

Linked data by T.J. VanSlyke


@friend said or saw or did this interesting thing over here #

The subject is a link to a person. The predicate is the verb connecting the person and the object. And the object is a link to a document on the Internet. #

“The Six to Start team decided to literally “map” Cumming’s story, using the small annotation boxes for snippets of text and then illustrating movement of the main character with a blue line. As users click through bits of the story, the blue line traces the protagonist’s trajectory, and the result is a story that is at once text-based but includes a temporal dimension—we watch in real time as movement takes place—as well as an information dimension as the Google tool is, in a sense, hacked for storytelling.” #

Similarly, we will eventually have a bridge of links into the physical world. This will happen with devices who have sensors that broadcast and receive short messages. OpenStreetMap will get closer and closer to providing a data-driven representation of the physical world, built collectively by people with GPS devices carefully uploading details of their neighborhoods. You can then imagine that games developers will make the real world itself into a gaming platform based on linked data. #

Paraphrasing: “Data is about our lives – a relationship with a friend, the name of a person in a photograph, the hotel I want to stay in on my holiday. Scientists study problems and collect vast amounts of data. They are understanding economies, disease and how the world works. #


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  2. Great stuff. I think the inability or unwillingness – either way unfortunate – lack of openness at the UEA about their data on climate change is a particularly pressing example of the value of TBL’s mission. Whenever I saw the University guys on TV describe why they couldn’t release the raw stats they are using, it came down to the fact that they didn’t own it. It belonged to various meteorological agencies around the world. If there’s ever been a case for openness being ‘the fuel for new economies in the future’ I think that’s it!