John Goodwin, writing on the UK’s government, data.gov.uk website explains the basics of Linked Data:
“The Linked Data Web is not just about connecting datasets, but about linking information at the level of a single statement or fact. The idea behind the Linked Data Web is to use URIs (these are like the URLs you type into your browser when going to a particular website) to identify resources such as people, places and organisations, and to then use web technology to provide some meaningful and useful information when these URIs are looked up. This ‘useful information’ can potentially be returned in a number of different encodings or formats, but the standard way for the linked data web is to use something called RDF (Resource Description Framework).” [Read More]
Linked Data (and aggregating data sources in general) has become one these ‘hot topics’ in DAM and content technology recently and I do find myself summarising the key points for colleagues and clients alike. John’s article is a pretty good intro; he manages to get the key points across succinctly, which is rare when you encounter other material about this area.
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