Update on the W3C Linked Data Platform
When last I wrote about LDP, there were 2 weeks left in the Last Call review period. It's not uncommon at W3C for a Last Call review to cause the community to seriously look at the content for the first time, and LDP was not exception. While the number of commenters was small, we made up for it in stature - amongst them was Tim Berners-Lee himself. He's clearly got some uses for LDP in mind, and we've had two follow-up calls to talk through his issues. The working group has resolved most of them, so the work has shifted more towards the editors (including myself). The editor's draft is close now to reflecting the working group's intent, and by this time next week I'm betting we'll be completely caught up.
An experiment: the practical side of using Linked Data
An important part of my job in Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure (nee Tivoli) is helping our cross-product integrations walk the right path when using Linked Data, which is part of our architecture. We want the benefits that Linked Data offers: open integrations that "keep on ticking" in the face of change, so they're extensible without introducing risk and so any investments in them are protected over time. This is new territory for most developers, however. I think the mistakes and misconceptions I see (and correct) during our reviews would be useful to others, so I'll be starting a series Real Soon on this blog. They'll be lower level (more concrete/geeky) than is customary, but I think that's important to make it relevant for people writing code. They also apply more widely than "just" Jazz for Service Management, so I'm putting them here rather than on that blog. Stay tuned.