JSON for Linking Data Standardization Effort Launches

We’re happy to announce the public launch of the JSON for Linking Data Community Group (JSON-LD CG).

JSON is a simple language for representing data on the Web. Linked Data is a technique for creating a graph of interlinked data across different documents or Web sites. In Linked Data, “things” are identified using IRIs, which are typically dereferencable and thus may be used to find more information about a particular “thing”, creating a Web of Knowledge. JSON-LD is intended to be a simple publishing method for expressing not only Linked Data in JSON, but also for adding semantics to existing JSON.

JSON-LD is designed as a light-weight syntax that can be used to express Linked Data. It is primarily intended to be a way to use Linked Data in Javascript and other Web-based programming environments. It is also useful when building interoperable Web services and when storing Linked Data in JSON-based document storage engines. It is practical and designed to be as simple as possible, utilizing the large number of JSON parsers and libraries available today. It is designed to be able to express key-value pairs, RDF data, RDFa data, Microformats data, and Microdata. That is, it supports every major Web-based structured data model in use today.

The syntax does not necessarily require applications to change their JSON, but allows one to easily add meaning by adding context in a way that is either in-band or out-of-band. The syntax is designed to not disturb already deployed systems running on JSON, but provide a smooth upgrade path from JSON to JSON with added semantics. Finally, the format is intended to be easy to parse, efficient to generate, stream-based and document-based processing compatible, and require a very small memory footprint in order to operate.

Data is messy and disconnected. JSON-LD organizes and connects it, letting your creativity bloom.

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