Karen Coyle recently shared a presentation that she gave on Linked Data. Coyle writes, “I recently gave keynote talks at Dublin Core 2012 and Emtacl12 with the title Think ‘Different’. Since the slides of my talks don’t generally have much text on them, I wrote up the talk as a document. The document has a kind of appendix covering the point in my presentation where I took advantage of my position on stage to ask and answer what I think is a common question: Is linked data the answer?”
She goes on, “Many would expect me to answer ‘yes’ to this question, but my answer is a bit more complex. Linked data is a technology that I believe we will make use of to connect library data to other information resources. That’s what the ‘linked’ in linked data is all about — creating a web of information by connecting bits of data in different documents and datasets. However, we have to be very cautious about having ‘an answer.’ When you have an answer you tend to stop looking at the questions that arise, and you also tend to ignore questions that aren’t going to be solved by the answer you have chosen. There is no technology that will do everything that we need, so while linked data can be useful for some things we may need to do, it cannot be the answer to all of our technical requirements.”
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