Fri 20 Jun 2008
Quick update on my “Packed for the trip…” post: We had a surprise guest with us for the panel that I co-moderated at the NY Semantic Meetup that took place this week at the Linked Data Planet conference. Dan Connolly of the W3C wasn’t able to make the conference, so Tim Berners-Lee was able to sit in and participate in what turned out to be a lively discussion.
The room was larger and more formal than our usual New York Semantic Meetup settings – with eight people on the panel, yet everyone managed to fit at the table and get their opinions heard.
We carved the session into two focuses, along the lines of enterprise oriented use on the one hand, followed by the web focused utilization on the other. This is a difficult line to walk after drawing it, as we discovered during the enterprise portion that we were dancing on the other side. One interesting point raised was the possibility of adoption of the technologies being through the -as-a-service providers, where such providers would be the ones handling the heavy lifting, and the enterprises then being more easily able to leverage the capabilities – particularly for interoperability among geographically dispersed and disparate data of their own.
Later, when focused on the web side, we kept dancing back across to enterprise issues – around both impact on business models of opening up data, while at the same time creating different opportunities by changing the value formula from data to the services.
There seemed to be general agreement that it is ok to use whatever format works best for you, proprietary or compliant, when you’re dealing with inside facing data – but that outfacing should be compliant. At the same time, from a flexibility standpoint, RDF lets you go ahead withing having to know the whole of where you’re going. Still, coders would like to see the ability to do so more easily – without having to load libraries in order to do so. There also seemed a consensus that more services need to exist to take advantage of data being out there in order to encourage more enterprises to release theirs.
Rather than re-hash the details myself, I’ll point you to a good blow-by-blow of the panel. Two other write-ups are by panelist Savas Parastatidis from Microsoft, and by my co-moderator, Hank Williams. The latter contains some great commentary and insights that go beyond what was stated in the room.