The Simple Power of the Link
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  Richard Wallis   Richard Wallis
Technology Evangelist


Monday, February 6, 2012
09:00 AM - 09:25 AM
Level:  Technical - Introductory

Location:  Cambridge

With new techniques and technologies, it's avid promoters and evangelists (such as myself) often concentrate on bleeding-edge capabilities. They swap benchmark performance figures, endlessly discuss and debate tweaks to standards, and even if the original simple idea was perhaps a little too simple. All this goes to make this new way seem far more complex and confusing to those in the mainstream wanting to find the benefits for themselves.

The world of Linked Data is no different. A quick search on line will inform the newly curious that they should concern themselves about triple stores and how many million triples they can hold; support for SPARQL 1.1; and should the quad, not the triple, be the ideal storage unit. No wonder many back away rapidly!

In this presentation Richard will go back to basics referencing many applications to highlight the simple power of self-describing links in Linked Data.

Richard joined OCLC having been with the UK’s leading Linked Data and Semantic Web technology company, Talis, for over twenty years. This coupled with his passion for and engagement with new and emerging technology trends, gives him a unique perspective of the issues challenging information professionals today. As Technology Evangelist he is at the forefront in promoting, explaining, and applying new and emerging Web and Semantic Web technologies in the library and wider information domain. Richard is well known on the conference platform in the Semantic Web, Library, and Information Management sectors.

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