January 25, 2013
It's maturing. It's not going to be the only show in town any more than any other technology is, but it is well established and has features that no other technology offers. It's how you do data at Web scale, it's how you avoid centralised systems, it's how you build intelligence into the data so applications have less to do.
I've got varying degrees of experience with all those but there is always more to learn.
I don't think the public could care tuppence about the Semantic Web or anything else. What people care about is whether the thing in front of them works. However, I do see linked data as the way that public administrations can use their own data and others' to model the complexity of the issues they have to deal with and so make better policy judgements. If the task is simply to repirt on government activity for transparency and accountability then a flat CSV file is probably sufficient. Boring, but sufficient.
W3C's UK (Suffolk)-based Open Data/eGov person. Works on data interoperability, vocabularies, best practices etc.
I'm delighted to be in DC at just the right time to attend this meet up. Looking forward to meeting you.