George Anadiotis: "Linked Data brings value by offering an alternative approach to lightweight data integration and mashups."
George Anadiotis is an expert on artificial intelligence with academic roots at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. In February 2009 he took the position as R&D Director at the Greek technology company IMC. I met him in September at I-SEMANTICS 2009 where he and his team contributed to the Triplification Challenge. In their paper Linked Data for the Masses they were pondering about the pragmatic value of Linked Data from an inbound and outbound perspective. In his words:
We started experimenting with the technical infrastructure needed and created some proof-of-concept applications. Part of this work was enabling Linked Data access for the front-end infrastructure we used, Liferay portal. We decided on the appropriate vocabularies for the type of content we wanted to publish (FOAF, SIOC and MOAT mainly), delved on the internals of Liferay and used D2R to map its relational database to the vocabularies of choice, also using techniques to improve performance as much as possible. Since Liferay itself is also based on the notion of communities, we thought our work would be more widely applicable and useful, so we chose to submit it for review at the Triplification Challenge and make it available to the community as open source software. Our applications have gradually matured and are about to be deployed in our commercial projects, while at the same time we are now making the Liferay Linked Data Module available as a Sourceforge project and we are working with Liferay management in order to disseminate this effort to the community and also include it in a future release of the software.
Read the full interview here.