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Linked Data Consumption – where are we?

These are exciting times, isn’t it? Every day new activities around Linked Data are reported.

All this happens at a rate, which can be overwhelming. Hence I think one should from time to time step back and have a chilled look at where we are concerning consumption of Linked Data. In the following I try to sum up a (rather high-level) view on the current state of the art and highlight ongoing challenges:

Task Technology Examples
Discovery Follow-Your-Nose on RDF-triple-level, Sitemaps, voiD, SPARQL 1.1 Service Description, Sindice
Access OpenLink’s ODE, SQUIN, any23
Consolidation sameas.org, Sig.ma
Curation* uberblic

As you can see, the more we get away from the data (discovery, access) and move into the direction of information, the fewer available solutions are there. From an application perspective aiming at exploiting Linked Data, the integrated, cleaned, information is of value, not the raw, distributed and dirty (interlinked) RDF pieces out there. In my experience, most of the consolidation and nurturing is still done on the application-level in an ad-hoc manner. There is plenty of room for frameworks and infrastructure to supply this functionality.

No matter if you’re a start-up, a first-year student or a CIO in an established company – have a look at the challenges and remember: now is the right time to come up with solutions. You and the Web will benefit from it.

UPDATE: I originally had ‘Nurture’ as a label for this (*) task, however due to multiple requests I changed it to ‘Curation’ (IMO a bit of a Germanism, but, alas …). Secondly, thanks to another comment I updated the examples for the ‘Discovery’ task with Sindice and SPARQL Service Description.

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9 thoughts on “Linked Data Consumption – where are we?

  1. I think there is a bigger question of accessibility. I mean that in the sense of ‘real’ end users being able to harness the power of linked data. We need platforms and applications which make linked data usable to the so-called “normal folk”, so that they can consume it without knowing, like they do on the WWW in general.

    Posted by Matthew Rowe | 2010-06-04, 09:26
    • Matt,

      (congrats to the poster award):

      M. Hausenblas put together a nice client to atttach actions to dicovered data in semantic web formats (called aLODin) : I work – based on that – at the moment on a browser plugin to make this generally usable. (and I try to avoid the word ‘RDF’ in the UI 😉

      Kind regards,


      Posted by Daniel Koller | 2010-06-04, 12:57
  2. I did a presentation about how to build an iPhone App consuming Linked Data

    Posted by Henk | 2010-06-04, 09:45
  3. Thanks for the reminder that there are many open issues when it comes to consuming Linked Data and that these challenges are a great opportunity. I just want to add that we organize the 1st International Workshop on Consuming Linked Data (COLD) at this year’s International Semantic Web Conference. This workshop is aimed to provide a venue for scientific discourse of approaches to address the open research questions related to consuming Linked Data.

    Posted by Olaf Hartig | 2010-06-04, 11:45
  4. Yup, after pushing out more and more raw data, at this point consumption should move into the focus. At WebSci2010 we had a short paper looking at exactly this, through the medium of linked data server log files: Learning from Linked Open Data Usage: Patterns & Metrics (shameless self-promotion…).

    Posted by Knud Möller | 2010-06-05, 19:00
  5. “Curation” is becoming quite a popular term — not sure why you think it’s a Germanism!

    Posted by Jodi Schneider | 2010-06-05, 22:02


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