The Linked Open Data (LOD) cloud has doubled in size approximately every year since 2007 and is now collection of more than 200 datasets that offer more than 25 billion interlinked facts, available across widely diverse domains such as government, scientific, medical, social media, geographic, and other data. All of this publicly accessible data now comprises an estimated 395 million links between around 25 billion RDF statements. Starting in 2011, increasingly interesting and useful Semantically Aware Applications (SAAs), in the form of mashups against this semantically-defined data, will begin to proliferate massively. Look for governments (exemplified by www.data.gov in the United States and www.data.gov.uk in England) — in the continued spirit of transparency and accountability — to be leading the charge in this area.

[Editor's Note: This post is part of the annual "Cutter Predicts ..." series, compiled at the Cutter Consortium website.]

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Mitchell Ummel

Mitchell Ummel is Director of Cutter's Government & Public Sector practice and a Senior Consultant with Cutter's Business & Enterprise Architecture practice.

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