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If you still need to understand what linked data are all about, look at the Monarch Butterfly page by +Peter DeVries.
Note the amazing wealth and diversity of external references, both at data level and vocabulary level. This diversity is certainly the basis for a very strong resilience, the rich description of the species having no single point of failure. In the linked data knowledge ecosystem, the rules of life are the same as in the biosphere. Diversity is key. No wonder a biologist has come to show this perfectly!
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Variety is the spice of life! Finally, we have DBMS realm technology catching up with our intricate reality :-)
Imagine trying to achieve this via the conventional DBMS silo approach where everything thing that is known must exist in said DBMS.

+Peter DeVries -- great effort!

#LinkedData #SemanticWeb #SmartData
 
I just had to compliment you on your grammar in the first sentence. :)
 
+Scott Ellis Hmm I acknowledge it was a bit weird. Changed "For those who ..." to "If you ..."
Does it look better for a native speaker? :)
 
+Bernard Vatant I wasn't being sarcastic. Using 'are' after 'data', which is the plural of 'datum', is correct but not what most native speakers would do. If there is any issue, it's that you might want to put 'at the data level and the vocab...'.
 
+Scott Ellis -- You are right 'datum' is singular and 'data' plural. Trouble is this, most don't understand what 'data' actually is etc..

In the context of Linked Data, a realm where data definitions are Intensional (rather than Extensional) one can safely say that:

1. a triple (3-tuple) claim is a Datum
2. a collection of triples is Data.

What is Data? How we express observation courtesy of:
1. unambiguously named subject;
2. associated attribute=value pairs that coalesce around unambiguously named subject in graph pictorial form.

Thanks to Linked Data all of these issues have new context for discussion that lead to clarity etc..
 
+Scott Ellis OK so your point was not where I thought :) Actually I never noticed that data was generally used as an uncountable singular in English as explained at http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/data. In French we use "données" plural form of "donnée", itselft derived from the verb "donner" (to give). So like in latin, "données" are in French things that are given.
Add to this seven years of Latin in high school ... thinking of data as singular is really bizarre to me, when you have so many of them :)
 
Oh yes "fish" is the example we learn in school. And speaking of fish and data, did you read this excellent piece on Diane Hillmann's blog? http://managemetadata.org/blog/2011/09/08/fine-wine-and-old-fish/ "your data ages like fine wine, whereas your software applications age like fish". Data is singular in this opening citation, but further on she writes :
"Although a lot has changed since then, and most of those catalog cards were long ago recycled as scrap paper, the data they contained is (are?) still around ..."
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