A world wide access to the Semantic Web

Our current mind set as Semantic Web engineers is to focus on centralized and very powerful solutions centered (and depending on …) around Web hosted servers and (mobile) clients accessing it. As a direct consequence of that, the usage of Linked Data depends on the availability of a Web infrastructure compassing data-centers, high speed reliable Internet connection and modern client devices. If any of this is missing, our community is not able, yet, to provide any Linked Data enabled data management solution. Still, the digital divide that is currently widely recognized separates the world into those who have access to Web-based platforms and those who don’t.

When designing Linked Data platforms we tend to forget those 4 Billion persons who don’t have access to Internet but would benefit from being able to use Linked Data. We should keep everyone in mind when we design Linked Data platforms and aim at helping to reduce this digital divide.

This web site is a collaborative effort to document steps made into that direction. Please feel free to ask for an editor account if you want to contribute.

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I am a researcher from DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services), in the Netherlands, working on architectures for publishing, consuming and preserving Linked Open Data

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