The Web is continuing to develop from a medium for publishing textual documents into a medium for sharing structured data. In 2011, the Web of Linked Data grew to a size of about 32 billion RDF triples, with contributions coming increasingly from companies, governments and other public sector bodies such as libraries, statistical bodies or environmental agencies. In parallel, Google, Yahoo and Bing have established theschema.orginitiative, a shared set of schemata for publishing structured data on the Web that focuses on vocabulary agreement and low barriers of entry for data publishers. These developments create a positive feedback loop for data publishers and highlight new opportunities for commercial exploitation of Web data. In this context, the LDOW2012 workshop provides a forum for presenting the latest research on Linked Data and driving forward the research agenda in this area.
The workshop was attended by around170 people. Thanks a lot to the authors of the presented papers, the members of the LDOW programme committee, as well as to all participants for making LDOW2012 such a great success.
All papers and presentation slides from the workshop are available on the LDOW2012 website. Some photos from the workshop are found below.
Panel discussion about the relationship between Linked Data, RDFa, Microdata, Microformats and Web APIs. Panelists from left to right:Peter Mika (Yahoo!), Yves Raimond (BBC), Ivan Herman (W3C), Tim Berners-Lee (W3C).