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Do we have a Linked Data research agenda?

At WWW09 a bunch of leading Linked Data researchers came together and kicked-off the process for drafting a ‘Research Agenda For Linked Data’. Since then, a couple of things happened.

So, coming back to the title of this post: do we have a Linked Data research agenda? The answer is a clear: it depends šŸ˜‰

Looking at the ‘Topics of Interest’ of this year’s Linked Data on the Web (LDOW2010) workshop at WWW2010, and contrasting it with the TOP10 list we produced a year ago, my impression is that (at least in the next couple of months) we should focus on the following topics:

  • Interlinking algorithms (beside entity-identity-focused frameworks such as Silk, there is not much there, anyway)
  • Provenance & Trust – I see potential outreach possibilities through W3C’s Provenance Incubator, however, lots of legwork to be done, still. Web of Trust? Anyone?
  • Dataset Dynamics (alternative/related keywords: change sets, logs, history, temporal tracking of datasets)

What do you see upcoming? What are important issues to be resolved in the Linked Data world (both from a research perspective and concerning open development tasks)?


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One thought on “Do we have a Linked Data research agenda?

  1. Thanks for asking the question!

    Much of the Linked Data agenda has focused on dataset accessibility, which is extremely important. I would say the topics you have listed above are consistent and important.

    I would argue that there are other important application areas for the LD model that haven’t been sufficiently discussed. One is bridging the gap between archiving and dynamic data; for example, what is the continuum between dataset dynamics and the Memento Project?

    Another area of exploration — perhaps this falls more under the Web Science research agenda and less linked data agenda — is the construction, sharing and application of behavioral models using the linked data infrastructure. I’m thinking specifically of applying the theory of process query systems to the web of data.

    This space is much to small to go into detail, but I believe a next step in solving problems like trust and data provenance will involve process authentication: the verification of the current interaction based not merely on immediate assertions, but also by detecting and evaluating the process(es) that lead to the contact — verifying not merely whether you are here, but how you got here. I frankly don’t think this is possible without certain classes of data being shared via LD principles…

    Posted by John Erickson | 2010-02-15, 15:04

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