1. The potential of using Linked Data now by using Freebase as a Linked Data publishing platform.
2. The importance of use cases .
There, I said it. Linked Data. Providing ways to start linking to DATA , no longer just DOCUMENTS . It entails using tools and standards to make information (like metadata, MARC records, etc) searchable and machine readable. image: Harry Halpin. http://www.ibiblio.org/hhalpin/homepage/presentations/socialnet/
CWD150 is a strong use case and an example for what can become possible in the wider web and developer community if libraries, archives and museums publish their metadata utilizing Linked Data standards and open licenses .
Our experience is showing us that the technological barriers are not as significant as the institutional barriers around adoption and openness. But the Flickr Commons Shift has changed that.
With CWD150, we are side-stepping the Big Next Step of enabling institutions to publish their own metadata as Linked Data, and make meaningful connections. This is on the near horizon.