Crowd-sourcing an Application Directory by Leveraging the Power of Linked Data

Challenge

Rapid creation of a crowd-sourced directory of products and services that accommodates a variety of curator profiles (end-users, power-users, developers, etc.).

Solution

Leverage the utility, access, and scope of a Google Spreadsheet as the baseline data-source to solve the problem.

Why?

Export of content in CSV format and subsequent conversion to RDF is trivial, if you exploit Linked Data productivity tools like the OpenLink Data Explorer (ODE) and Virtuoso Sponger Middleware (e.g., live instance behind URIBurner service) as part of this process.

Example (based on a Google Spreadsheet transformed using LOD Refine)

Screenshots

Basic Entity Description Document

Faceted Browsing oriented Entity Description Document

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