Linked Data is the latest incarnation of a vision of a connected, open, global knowledge structure that has existed at least since the XVIIIth Century, and possibly even earlier. In each case, there has been a recurring challenge of how to make practical the need to organise the concepts and the facts which we know, so that we can refer to them and share them.
The most recent, and arguably most successful, attempt at this has been the World Wide Web, which is used for increasingly diverse purposes, but which has its origins as an accessible tool for authoring and interlinking scientific knowledge.
Latterly, it has become clear that there is a need to let computers, which are increasingly extensions to human cognitive capacity, in on the fun of being able to manipulate knowledge and to gain advantage from a higher level of abstraction than textual strings.
But, how do we actually do it? What are the steps to consuming and publishing Linked Open Data?
This session is about the practice and covers just enough theory to
get you in trouble describe the main technologies and challenges to taking advantage of the Linked Data Revolution on the Web. The activity is structured around some pre-prepared resources, but I hope that these will be more of a starting point for some interactive tinkering and possibly even a little data hacking. It will certainly have hands-on aspects, and I welcome interaction.