A case for making linked data the default format
Touristic information lends itself perfectly to be rendered and consumed as linked open data. Typically, touristic data are generated by different stakeholders and are distributed and enriched to be reused in as much as possible contexts and apps and by as much as possible tourists and touristic agencies. However, accessing this information is dependent on search engines, thematic websites, touristic folders, travel guides, and well-known closed platforms for travelling or the social media.
Significantly, touristic data may have an open license, but the data’s presentation is mostly proprietary or in a closed platform and generally not linked. If we extrapolate this scenario to other domains, the outcome is the same. Generally, access is made open, but the day-to-day use of linked open data remains suboptimal and deplorably low, even where linking is as valuable as in the touristic sector.
Johan Delaure, in his blog says that the secluded state of linked open data publishing will continue as long as the data generation and distribution process is not anchored in native linked data, both in general and also in tourism.
Click here to read why linked data must become the native format.