The other day at the Geonovum office we were discussing whether Linked Data is over-hyped. According to some of us, it is, although none of us knew where exactly it is in the hype cycle. In any case, we agreed that it is growing in popularity a lot, at least in Europe. In the Netherlands we have a community called the Platform Linked Data Nederland (450 members from private, public and scientific organizations). This community is
Linked Data is about enabling computers to search structured information about “things” over the web. The linking methodology is based on the following Semantic Web principles:
1) Things are uniquely identified using Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs).
2) Use HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) URIs, to make those things accessible by computer programs.
3) The knowledge of things is expressed using the W3C Resource Description Framework (RDF) and queried via SPARQL.