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JSON, HTTP and data links

In late 2011, Mark Nottingham, whom I very much admire on a personal and professional level, posted ‘Linking in JSON‘ which triggered quite some discussion (see the comments there). Back then already I sensed that the community at large is ready for the next aspect of the Web. A scalable, machine-targeted way to realise a … Continue reading

… you end up with a graph

Quite often I hear people coming up with rather strange explanations why we use graphs, or to be more specific for the Web case, RDF. Some think that the reason is to make the developer’s life harder. Right. It’s so much easier to understand a key-value structure. And there are the ones who claim that … Continue reading

Libraries – an important and vibrant Linked Data application domain

In late 2009 I was contacted by Tom Baker, Emmanuelle Bermes and Antoine Isaac to help fund the Library Linked Data Incubator Group (XG) at W3C and although I personally didn’t actively contribute (more a hurler-on-the-ditch like commenting, really) I am really, really happy with the outcome. To be fair, DERI was very active after … Continue reading

Towards Networked Data

This is the second post in the solving-tomorrow’s-problems-with-yesterday’s-tools series. In his seminal article If You Have Too Much Data, then “Good Enough” Is Good Enough Pat calls for a ‘new theory for data’ – I’d like to call this: networked data (meaning: consuming and manipulating distributed data on a Web-scale). In this post, now, I’m … Continue reading

Solving tomorrow’s problems with yesterday’s tools

Where Michael discusses the efficiency of relational databases for certain problems and the effectiveness of NoSQL for big, messy data. Continue reading

Why we link …

Where I discuss why linking your data to other data in the Web makes sense through a simple example. Continue reading

From CSV data on the Web to CSV data in the Web

In our daily work with Government data such as statistics, geographical data, etc. we often deal with Comma-Separated Values (CSV) files. Now, they are really handy as they are easy to produce and to consume: almost any language and platform I came across so far has some support for parsing CSV files and I can … Continue reading

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping … Continue reading

Linked Data Consumption – where are we?

Quick review of state-of-the-art and challenges regarding Linked Data consumption. Continue reading

Linked Data for Dummies

Explains the Linked Data Web – suited for children from 1 to 100. Continue reading

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