There’s No Money in Linked Data

TitleThere’s No Money in Linked Data
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsJain, P, Hitzler, P, Janowicz, K, Venkatramani, C
InstitutionDaSe Lab, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Wright State University
CityDayton, OH, USA

Linked Data (LD) has been an active research area for more than 6 years and many aspects about publishing, retrieving, linking, and cleaning Linked Data have been investigated. There seems to be a broad and general agreement that in principle LD datasets can be very useful for solving a wide variety of problems ranging from practical industrial analytics to highly specific research problems. Having these notions in mind, we started exploring the use of notable LD datasets such as DBpedia, Freebase, Geonames and others for a commercial application. However, it turns out that using these datasets in realistic settings is not always easy. Surprisingly, in many cases the underlying issues are not technical but legal barriers erected by the LD data publishers. In this paper we argue that these barriers are often not justified, detrimental to both data publishers and users, and are often built without much consideration of their consequences.