Web of Data, Services and Identities

April 18th, 2009

ReadWriteWeb has a post up on The Web of Data: Creating Machine-Accessible Information that focuses on Linked Open Data.

“In the coming years, we will see a revolution in the ability of machines to access, process, and apply information. This revolution will emerge from three distinct areas of activity connected to the Semantic Web: the Web of Data, the Web of Services, and the Web of Identity providers. These webs aim to make semantic knowledge of data accessible, semantic services available and connectable, and semantic knowledge of individuals processable, respectively. In this post, we will look at the first of these Webs (of Data) and see how making information accessible to machines will transform how we find information.”

I did find the three ‘Webs’ mentioned in their into — data, services and identity providers — to be interesting. The first two are standard components of the envisioned future Web but their third, a web of identity providers, less so. I am unsure its meant to refer to authentication services and protocols (e.g., oauth) or maybe some kind of named entity recognition services from text. The former is certainly necessary for web services and APIs to work more seamlessly, but doesn’t seem to me to be as significant a problem as developing highly interoperable and integrable Webs of data and services. Of course, I am probably unaware of the subtleties involved in getting this right while maintaing security and appropriate privacy. In any case, I look forward to the articles to follow.