Today in the morning, I wrote a short blog philosophizing about linked data and the value for enterprises. I asked a couple of questions and in its core I was wondering: “Which services and keyplayers will drive the web of data in the next few months?”
Some service providers will provide the highest accuracy regarding the links or tags (and the “things behind them) they provide for a given ressource or document (like Open Calais does). Tom Tague mentioned in the podcast quite often how important disambiguation is to provide the highest quality.
Some will provide end-points to a given “thing” like a company, a person etc. in addition to free ones like DBpedia, but they always will try to refer to established URIs like the ones in DBpedia or Open Calais URIs, e.g. IBM´s URI @ Calais). Those companies will provide more facts, for example about a person, as those which are available now for free. They will build on the LOD infrastructure and will live in symbiosis with group number 3. They will control to whom additional facts will be given to but they will build exactly on the same interoperable framework as the “Linking Open Data” community does.
Some companies will build applications on top of the linked data infrastructure. They have two kinds of knowledge: Who has the best end-points to a complex “thing” which consists of a couple of other atomic things (which necessarily exist in the web of data)? Who is interested in such a mashup?
My prediction: One possible business model will be pretty much the same as iTunes is built upon at the moment: You can listen to a song for free – but only a couple of seconds , if you want more, you pay 99 cents.
If you want to know a little bit about Werner Faymann (who is Austria´s prime minister) you go to an application which makes use from DBpedia (or the like) starting at http://dbpedia.org/page/Werner_Faymann.
If you pay 99 cents (or a bit more…) you get even more facts about Mr. Faymann, nicely mash-uped with other facts from the LOD cloud and together with special content from some other linked data sources, produced with relatively low costs due the high interoperability the Semantic Web provides – thanks to W3C and the whole community.