RWTH Aachen University
One of the main characteristics of Linked Open Data (LOD) is the exclusive application of standards published and maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium. This strict adherence is kept on all levels, ranging from the identification and transportation (URI and HTTP) to the interpretation (RDF, RDFS and OWL) of resource descriptions. Because these standards are open and accessible to everybody, broad acceptance and proliferation of LOD technologies in Web-based applications and services are enabled. On typical desktops, however, the majorities of applications are not aware of Web standards, but use hierarchical le systems to organize and store information.