Following his involvement in the first Datajournalism meetup in Berlin earlier this week, Martin Belam, the Guardian’s information architect, looks at why the US and UK may have taken the lead in semantic web, as one audience member suggested on the day.
In an attempt to try and answer the question, he puts forward four themes on his currybet.net blog that he feels may play a part. In summary, they are:
- The sharing of a common language which helps both nations access the same resources and be included in comparative datasets.
- Competition across both sides of the pond driving innovation.
- Successful business models already being used by the BBC and even more valuably being explained on their internet blogs.
- Open data and a history of freedom of information court cases which makes official information more likely to be made available.
On his full post here he also has tips for how to follow the UK’s lead, such as getting involved in hacks and hackers type events.