Daniel Lewis has put together a nice collection of Linked Data related posts that illustrate the fundamentals of the Linked Data Web and the vital role that Virtuoso plays as a deployment platform. Remember, Virtuoso was architected in 1998 (see Virtuoso History) in anticipation of the eventual Internet, Intranet, and Extranet level requirements for a different kind of Server. At the time of Virtuoso's inception, many thought our desire to build a multi-protocol, multi-model, and multi-purpose, virtual and native data server was sheer craziness, but we pressed on (courtesy of our vision and technical capabilities). Today, we have a very sophisticated Universal Server Platform (in Open Source and Commercial forms) that is naturally equipped to do the following via very simple interfaces:
- Produce RDF Linked Data from non RDF Data Sources (Heterogeneous SQL, XML, Web Services)
- Provide highly scalable RDF Data Management via a Quad Store (DBpedia is an example of a live demonstration)
- Sophisticated Deployment of Linked Data that exploits the power of SPARQL
- Powerful WebDAV innovations that simplify read-write mode interaction with Linked Data
- Use Web Data Virtualization to address the pain and frustration associated with Web Data Silos (e.g. OpenLink Data Spaces layer stop Virtuoso that delivers Personal Data Spaces / Unified Storage in the Clouds)
- Deliver a Linked Data development and deployment platform to .NET (VB, C#) , Java, PHP, Ruby, Perl, Python, 'C', C++, and other developers
- More...