[foaf-dev] Tutorial on "How to publish Linked Data on the Web" released

Tom Heath tom.heath at gmail.com
Thu Jul 19 15:38:54 BST 2007

Hi folks,

Those of you not on the main Semantic Web discussion lists may have
missed the following announcement, included below.

In summary, the tutorial explains (with recipes) how to go beyond
hosting (collections of) individual RDF documents on the Web to fully
interlinking these data items to form a Web of Data, according to
current best practices. Looked at it another way it's a beginners
guide to publishing data on the Semantic Web (emphasis on the "Web").

Of particular interest to the FOAF community is the Linked Data
emphasis on replacing bNodes with URIrefs; particularly relevant in
light of the recent changes to the FOAF spec.

For those people newer to the FOAF and RDF worlds (particularly total
FOAF newbies), or who have a FOAF file but want to join in the Linked
Data fun, there's a sub tutorial in Appendix B introducing Linked Data
concepts from a FOAF-perspective.

As Chris says in the mail below, feedback very much welcomed.



> -----Original Message-----
> From: semantic-web-request at w3.org
> [mailto:semantic-web-request at w3.org] On Behalf Of Chris Bizer
> Sent: 19 July 2007 13:24
> To: semantic-web at w3.org; semantic_web at googlegroups.com;
> Linking Open Data
> Subject: ANN: Tutorial on "How to publish Linked Data on the
> Web" released
> Hi all,
> there was quite some interest in Linked Data at this year's
> World Wide Web Conference (WWW2007). Therefore, Richard Cyganiak, Tom
> Heath and I decided to write a tutorial about how to publish Linked Data on the
> Web, so that interested people can find all relevant
> information, best practices and references in a single place.
> The tutorial gives an overview about the general ideas behind Linked
> Data and answers questions like: How to name data items? Which
> vocabularies should I use to represent information? What should I
> return as RDF description for a URI? How to set RDF links to other
> data items? Afterwards, we describe several practical recipes for
> publishing information as Linked Data on the Web.
> The tutorial is found at
> http://sites.wiwiss.fu-berlin.de/suhl/bizer/pub/LinkedDataTutorial/
> The best practices that we recommend in the tutorial are based on the
> current work of the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG) as well as
> on practical experience from the W3C SWEO Linking Open Data community
> project (<http://esw.w3.org/topic/SweoIG/TaskForces/CommunityPro
> jects/LinkingOpenData>) which has published various datasets as Linked Data on
> the Web. Collectively, the datasets currently consist of over one billion RDF
> triples, which are interlinked by 250,000 RDF links.
> We are very interested in your opinion about the tutorial as well as
> about Linked Data in general. Especially, we would like to know:
> 1. If you strongly disagree with any of the recommended best practices?
> 2. Did we miss any useful tools or services in the practical recipes section?
> Cheers
> Chris Bizer, Richard Cyganiak, Tom Heath
> --
> Chris Bizer
> Freie Universität Berlin
> Phone: +49 30 838 54057
> Mail: chris at bizer.de
> Web: www.bizer.de

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