I have a dream : Linked Open Data/en

 
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AuthorJan Willem van Veen
Publication date2013/10/18
Short summaryWhat will the world be like if all the information is available anytime anywhere on any device? In this time of crisis, austerity and participatory social vision about the future seems to be far away in the Netherlands. How can we still make the turnaround? Put the Netherlands back on the map and relive a new golden age? This is only possible if we allow ourselves to dream again.
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In this time of crisis, austerity and participatory social vision about the future seems to be far away in the Netherlands . How can we still make the turnaround ? The Netherlands back on the map and relive a new golden age? This is only possible if we allow ourselves to dream again.

I have a dream ...

What will the world be like if all the information is available anytime anywhere on any device ? Although the suspicion exists that the NSA has already taken significant steps in this, it is for us as "normal" Internet users not yet right. Leaving aside the issue of privacy, what possibilities would arise if we could respond to changes because we have access to all relevant information?

Just dream with me:

  • Health care, not reactive but proactive, based on real-time measurement of inter alia blood pressure, weight, height, BMI, heart rate using wearable computing in combination with DNA risk profile.
  • Dating and social media, no longer hopeless rejections by real-time apps like Tinder on the basis of characteristics and geolocation facilities, already a kind of pre –matching, so your scoring chance is increased. Automatic matching of sports buddies paired whatsapplists at the gym to help you stimulate every week faithfully attend.
  • Education: what is the added value ( learning outcomes ) of the instructor (s ) of your child? Not only insight in the performance of schools ( CITO scores, recommendations, flow returns, inspection judgment of schools in your area - see Linked Open Data example), but perfect matching of the learning path based on the unique characteristics of your child. Differentiation in teaching time, only electronic keys and let teachers do in what they are supposed to be good at.
  • Politics: online voting with your eID and a First Chamber that does not consist of 75 members, and frustrating political decisions, but 16.8 million people who are content to comment on the political proposals and be more involved in the democratic process .
  • Sports and Entertainment, an offer fully tailored to your profile. Subscription to direct access to all books ( ebooks ), music collections ( Spotify ) and videos ( on demand ) . Wars are only fought between countries in massive multiplayer online games. Game over !
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In recent years a huge step has already been taken in the right direction :

  • Devices are ready: smartphones, tablets, smart watches, Google Glass, NAS as a personal cloud, drones, Amazon cloud, etc.
  • Information is findable: Google ( finding), Facebook ( tagging ), Whatsapp (SMS ), Dropbox ( sharing), Apps, etc.
  • Connection is improving: 3G, 4G, wifi hotspot, bluetooth, etc.

Also the world of internet seems ready for the next big step: a web of open data sets i.e. in technical terms: Linked Open Data. Tim Berners - Lee, " inventor of the World Wide Web, proclaimed this vision many years ago, and now the technology (RDF, OWL, SPARQL, Triple stores) also seems mature enough to make this move concrete.

In the Netherlands, the use of the Internet significantly increases. Also mobile Internet use is well above the EU average. With an average internet speed (bandwidth ) of 10Mbit / s, the Netherlands are in the top 5 globally. In education the Netherlands participates still great in the PISA lists. Why don’t we, the Netherlands, focus 100 % on this new information society ? On the knowledge and the dissemination of this?

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Look at the combined market capitalization of Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook & Amazon: information is the future. Just as in the Golden Age, when there were earned treasures to trade, the Netherlands should focus on growth and innovation again: this will be found in information .

Therefore, this plea is directed towards our politicians: encourage and subsidize to open up data in accordance with linked open data standards of Dutch companies (and the government of course). Preferrably in a similar way as environment ( green cars ) and innovation ( NL Agency / RIP / .. ) are encouraged now. To stimulate ' trade ' in information and to do what we do best ( i.e. : trade) we will stand out on the world stage and dream about a new Golden Information Age.

Jan Willem van Veen (Linked Open Data expert)
PagenameI have a dream : Linked Open Data


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