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  • Note: This is an example for finding consensus on Linked Data Glossary terms as well as publishing them as Linked Data using the GLD wiki. For the official and most up-to-date publication of the Linked Data Glossary see [1].


This document is a Linked Data distribution of the GLD glossary of terms defined and used to describe Linked Data, and its associated vocabularies and Best Practices. This document published by the W3C Government Linked Data Working Group as a Working Group Note, is intended to help information management professionals, Web developers, scientists and the general public better understand publishing structured data using Linked Data Principles.

This glossary lists terms related to publishing and consuming either Linked Data in the enterprise or Linked Open Data on the public Web.

The entire Linked Data Glossary can be downloaded as CSV (CSV) XML/RDF (RDF) or Turtle/RDF (RDF).

To modify or discuss terms, go to the respective wiki page and add your suggestions. To add new terms to the glossary, see Linked Data term.


 Short descriptionHas reference
5 Star Linked DataTim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web and initiator of the Linked Data project, suggested a 5 star deployment scheme for Linked Data. The 5 Star Linked Data system is cumulative. Each additional star presumes the data meets the criteria of the previous step(s).
5 Star Linked Data Diagram5 Open Data diagram is a graphical representation of each of the 5 Star techniques as described by Tim Berners-Lee.
Apache LicenseApache License, version 2.0 is used for many Linked Data tools and projects. It is a popular Open Source license published by the Apache Software Foundation.