Linked data

Linked data

We have been working with linked data since our inception and have helped global brands with linked data strategy and implementation. It is a core discipline at Data Language. Linked data is a W3C backed pattern for publishing structured data using vocabularies like schema.org that can be connected together and interpreted by machines.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is linked data?

Linked data is a W3C backed approach to sharing and publishing structured data on the web. Linked data typically uses web resolvable URIs to represent things in some knowledge domain. The URIs are persistent and durable and let us describe the entity with a structured data vocabulary or model such as schema.org. The linked data URIs can be connected to other entities within your own or someone else’s domain to indicate we are talking about the same, similar or related things. The structured data can be machine interpreted for use in applications.

What are the benefits of linked data?
  • Interoperability: linked data lets you share and combine data with other groups using common models, patterns, and identifiers
  • It helps you think about information management in a structured way
  • It is a W3C standards based mechanism designed from the ground up for publishing data on the web
  • It is well aligned well with knowledge graph technologies for information ingest and management.
Does linked data have to be open data ?

Linked data does not necessarily need to be open data. While linked data has been embraced by the open data community and lends itself perfectly for publishing open data there are many good reasons for using it in the enterprise behind the public firewall. The structured data patterns are ideal for sharing data across business units and data silos internally in your organisation, and can be used as a core back-bone to your enterprise knowledge graph.

Of course you can also publish a subset of your enterprise linked data as an open data initiative if you think it will benefit the wider commuity.

Do you need a graph database to use linked data ?

While there are significant synergies and alignment between linked data and graph databases, you do not need a graph database to publish, consume or benefit from it. You can expose linked data from any data source via a service or API, as long as the data you expose uses URIs/IRIs to identify the entities being represented, and follows some simple linked data patterns. Similarly you can consume linked data and store it pretty much in any data store technology, extracting some value along the way.