The evolution of the Web into a federated database, information space, and knowledge-base hybrid continues at frenetic pace.

As more Linked Data is injected into the Web from the Linking Open Data community and other initiatives, it's important to note that "Linked Data" is available in a variety of forms such as:

  • Data Model Definition oriented Linked Data (aka. Data Dictionary)
  • Data Model Instance Data (aka. Instance Data)
  • Linked Data oriented solutions that leverage the smart data substrate that Models and Instance Data meshes deliver.

Note: The common glue across the different types of Linked Data remains the commitment to data object (entity) identification and access via de-referencable URIs (aka. record / entity level data source names).

As stated in my recent post titled: Semantic Web: Travails to Harmony Illustrated. Harmonious intersections of instance data, data dictionaries (schemas, ontologies, rules etc.) provide a powerful substrate (smart data) for the development and deployment of "People" and/or "Machine" oriented solutions. Of course, others have commented on these matters and expressed similar views (see related section below).

The clickable venn diagram below, provides a simple exploration path that exposes the linkage that already exists, across the different Linked Data types, within the burgeoning Linked Data Web.