I am frequently attending conferences and symposia, mainly within the publishing and media industry. My talks always touch LOD2 and the impact it has on our progress from being a traditional publisher to become an information service provider. The positive feedback of the audience especially on this point is significant and I suppose it is mainly based on the following factors:
Semantic Web in general consists of three major parts and all of them actually touch major pain points in the industry: the need of standards (addressed by W3C standards like RDF and SKOS), the need of information (addressed by the growing LOD cloud) and technology to get a grip on both (addressed to a remarkable degree by tools developed within LOD2). More precisely, the Linked Data Lifecycle is all about generating large amounts of information in a good quality and making this information accessible to users. In fact, it is supporting the same process that publishing houses are doing for centuries. That’s the main reason why the toolset fits so well to the needs of this particular industry. In addition, the industry in Europe is very fragmented with a lot of companies with a very small to medium size. They are dependent on open source technology for being able to realize any technological progress; which is also absolutely in line with the LOD2 stack approach. And last but not least they see that some of the tools are already in operational use within their industry, e.g. at Wolters Kluwer Germany.
So the feedback is positive and interest is there. The main task for the consortium now is to make sure that the majority of the toolset finally evolves towards becoming sustainable industry applications.
Christian Dirschl (Wolters Kluwer)