Applications consuming linked data certainly *could* blend accurate and
inaccurate (or questionably accurate) sources. Lots of people still love to
hate Wikipedia for its doubtful authority, yet it's one of the biggest
sources of available linked data at this point. But just because someone
exposes something as linked data, that doesn't mean you have to incorporate
it in some automatic way. I'd answer that you design your application to
consume data that you trust, and linked data makes it easy for you to do
You raise a good question (imo) -- Can users trust the content because the
people doing the blending can be trusted to have assembled only good stuff?
Or do the chunks of blended content need some kinds of markers to indicate
their sources and authority? Is something as simple as a source citation
sufficient? (Sorry for the excessive sibilance in that sentence.)
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2013 10:34:37 -0500
From: Donna Campbell <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Linked data [was: Why we need multiple discovery services
In mentioning "pushing to break down silos more," it brings to mind a
question I've had about linked data.
From what I've read thus far, the idea of breaking down silos of
information seems like a good one in that it makes finding information
easier but doesn't it also remove some of the markers of finding credible
sources? Doesn't it blend accurate sources and inaccurate sources?
Donna R. Campbell
Technical Services & Systems Librarian
Westminster Theological Seminary Library