‘Linked data can’t be your goal. Accomplish something’

Tim Strehle points to his post: Jonathan Rochkind: Linked Data Caution, which is a collection of quotes from Linked Data Caution (Jonathan Rochkind).

In the process, Tim creates his own quote, inspired by Rochkind:

‘Linked data can’t be your goal. Accomplish something’

Which is easy to generalize to:

‘***** can’t be your goal. Accomplish something’

Whether your hobby horse is linked data, graphs, noSQL, big data, or even topic maps, technological artifacts are just and only that, artifacts.

Unless and until such artifacts accomplish something, they are curios, relics venerated by pockets of the faithful.

Perhaps marketers in 2016 should be told:

Skip the potential benefits of your technology. Show me what it has accomplished (past tense) for users similar to me.

With that premise, you could weed through four or five vendors in a morning. 😉

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