In 2006, I stumbled across Jason Kolb (online) via a 4-part series of
posts titled: Reinventing the Internet. At the time, I
realized that Jason was postulating about what is popularly known
today as "Data Portability", so I made contact with
him (blogosphere style) via a post of my own titled: Data Spaces, Internet Reinvention, and the
Semantic Web. Naturally, I tried to unveil to Jason the
connection between his vision and the essence of the Semantic Web. Of course, he was skeptical
Jason recently moved to Massachusetts which lead to me pinging him
about our earlier blogosphere encounter and the emergence of a
Portability Community. I also informed him about the fact that
TimBL, myself, and a number of other Semantic
Web technology enthusiasts, frequently meet on the 2nd Tuesday of
each month at the MIT hosted Cambridge Semantic Web Gatherings, to
discuss, demonstrate, debate all aspects of the Semantic Web.
Luckily (for both of us), Jason attended the last event, and we got
to meet each other in person.
Following our face to face meeting in Cambridge, a number of
follow-on conversations ensued covering, Linked Data and practical
applications of the Semantic Web vision. Jason writes about our
exchanges a recent post titled: The Semantic Web. His passion for Data
Portability enabled me to use OpenID
and FOAF integration to connect the Semantic Web and Data
Portability via the Linked Data concept.
During our conversations, Jason also eluded to the fact that he
had already encountered OpenLink Software while working with our
ODBC Drivers (part of or UDA product family) for IBM
Informix (Single-Tier or Multi-Tier Editions) a few years ago
(interesting random connection).
As I've stated in the past, I've always felt that the Semantic
Web vision will materialize by way of a global epiphany. The count
down to this inevitable event started at the birth of the
blogosphere, ironically. And accelerated more recently, through the
emergence of Web 2.0 and Social Networking, even more ironically
The blogosphere started the process of Data Space coalescence
via RSS/Atom based semi-strucutured data enclaves, Web 2.0
RDFpropagated Web Service usage en route to creating service
provider controlled, data and information silosRDF, Social
NetworkingRDF brought attention to the fact that User Generated
Data wasn't actually owned or controlled by the Data Creators
The emergence of "Data Portability" has created a palatable
moniker for a clearly defined, and slightly easier to understand,
problem: the meshing of Data and Identity in cyberspace i.e.
individual points of presence in cyberspace, in the form of
"Personal Data Spaces in the Clouds" (think: doing really powerful
stuff with .name domains). In a sense, this is the critical
inflection point between the document centric "Web of Linked
Documents" and the data centric "Web or Linked Data". There is
absolutely no other way solve this problem in a manner that
alleviates the imminent challenges presented by information
overload -- resulting from the exponential growth of user generated
data across the Internet and enterprise Intranets.
About this entry:
Author: Kingsley Uyi Idehen
Published: 01/17/2008 22:59 GMT-0500
Modified: 01/18/2008 02:27 GMT-0500
Tags: webservices , web2.0 , web20 , atom , rss , informix , odbc , sql , semanticweb , foaf , socialnetworking , semantic_web , openlink , DataSpace , identity_20 , openid , dataspace
Categories: Data Access ,
SQL , Content Syndication
Comment Status: 0
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