Linked Data and semantic technologies have seen a remarkable uptake in recent years. However, there is still a significant divide in organisations and companies between implementers and executive decision makers regarding the adoption of Linked Data. While implementers are early adopters, enthusiastic about new technologies, executives who decide whether or not new and potentially costly projects go ahead tend to be sceptical, thinking in terms of costs and benefits. What is needed to bridge this divide is a kind of “executive whispering”: presenting a potential Linked Data project not in terms of technology, but of the concrete benefits it will bring to a particular organisation or company.
The talk draws from the significant experience of the Talis and Kasabi Consulting team.