In computing, linked data (often capitalized as Linked Data) is structured data which is interlinked with other data so it becomes more useful through semantic queries. It builds upon standard Web technologies such as HTTP, RDF and URIs, but rather than using them to serve web pages only for human readers, it extends them to share information in a way that can be read automatically by computers. Part of the vision of linked data is for the Internet to become a global database.
- Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) should be used to name and identify individual things.
- HTTP URIs should be used to allow these things to be looked up, interpreted, and subsequently "dereferenced".
- Useful information about what a name identifies should be provided through open standards such as RDF, SPARQL, etc.
- When publishing data on the Web, other things should be referred to using their HTTP URI-based names.
- All conceptual things should have a name starting with HTTP.
- Looking up an HTTP name should return useful data about the thing in question in a standard format.
- Anything else that that same thing has a relationship with through its data should also be given a name beginning with HTTP.
- Structured data using controlled vocabulary terms and dataset definitions expressed in Resource Description Framework serialization formats such as RDFa, RDF/XML, N3, Turtle, or JSON-LD
- Linked Data Platform
Linked open data
Linked Open Data (LOD) is Linked Data which is released under an open license, which does not impede its reuse for free.
- 1 star: data is openly available in any format.
- 2 stars: data is available in a structured format, such as Microsoft Excel file format (.xls).
- 3 stars: data is available in a non-proprietary structured format, such as Comma-separated values (.csv).
- 4 stars: data follows W3C standards, like using RDF and employing URIs.
- 5 stars: all of the other, plus links to other Linked Open Data sources.
The term "linked open data" has been in use since at least February 2007, when the "Linking Open Data" mailing list was created. The mailing list was initially hosted by the SIMILE project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Linking Open Data community project
The goal of the W3C Semantic Web Education and Outreach group's Linking Open Data community project is to extend the Web with a data commons by publishing various open datasets as RDF on the Web and by setting RDF links between data items from different data sources. In October 2007, datasets consisted of over two billion RDF triples, which were interlinked by over two million RDF links. By September 2011 this had grown to 31 billion RDF triples, interlinked by around 504 million RDF links. A detailed statistical breakdown was published in 2014.
European Union projects
There are a number of European Union projects involving linked data. These include the linked open data around the clock (LATC) project, the PlanetData project, the DaPaaS (Data-and-Platform-as-a-Service) project, and the Linked Open Data 2 (LOD2) project. Data linking is one of the main goals of the EU Open Data Portal, which makes available thousands of datasets for anyone to reuse and link.
Ontologies are formal descriptions of data structures. Some of the better known ontologies are:
- FOAF – an ontology describing persons, their properties and relationships
- UMBEL – a lightweight reference structure of 20,000 subject concept classes and their relationships derived from OpenCyc, which can act as binding classes to external data; also has links to 1.5 million named entities from DBpedia and YAGO
- DBpedia – a dataset containing extracted data from Wikipedia; it contains about 3.4 million concepts described by 1 billion triples, including abstracts in 11 different languages
- GeoNames – provides RDF descriptions of more than 7,500,000 geographical features worldwide.
- Wikidata – a collaboratively-created linked dataset that acts as central storage for the structured data of its Wikimedia Foundation sister projects
- Global Research Identifier Database (GRID) – an international database of 89,506 institutions engaged in academic research, with 14,401 relationships, models two types of relationships: a parent-child relationship that defines a subordinate association, and a related relationship that describes other associations
Dataset instance and class relationships
- American Art Collaborative - consortium of US art museums committed to establishing a critical mass of linked open data on American art
- Authority control – about controlled headings in library catalogs
- Citation analysis – for citations between scholarly articles
- Network model – an older type of database management system
- VoID – Vocabulary of Interlinked Datasets
- Web Ontology Language
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