The web of linked data is growing rapidly. In the linked data cloud diagram you can see many of the datasets that are not published as linked data, and the connections between them - and this isn't counting all the uses of linked data to manage knowledge inside organisations.

Just as the convention and practice of making links between websites allowed the emergence of the World Wide Web we know today, linked data provides a set of conventions, standards and practices for publishing datasets and meta-data on the Web.

How the language of linked data, the technical standards, the eco-systems and infrastructures of linkage, and the social practices of linked data publishers affect which knowledges are accessible, and how knowledge is captured, recorded and shared is a key question for IKM.

In our Young Lives Linked Data Demonstrator we worked through the process of creating a linked data dataset, exploring the choices that have to be made about vocabularies and linkages.

The IKM Vines project has looked at how linked data resources can be used to annotate knowledge and provide new ways of navigating and finding information.

Work to create linked knowledge models is not new in the development sector. Institutions like FAO have been at the leading edge of developing semantic web and now linked use-cases, and projects such as Agropedia have developed extensive 'knowledge models', showing a linked approach to capturing information.

Image Credit: Thomas Roessler.