As of my ACTION-38 I try to give an overview on Linked Data clients in the following.
What is a Linked Data Client?
For the matter of this memo, a Linked Data Client (LDC) is "a program that runs on the server or in a User Agent (such as a browser) that consumes entities from a data source that conforms to the Linked Data principles, such as found in the Linked Open Data (LOD) cloud".
See also the Technical Report on Linked Data Applications for a deeper discussion and motivation.
There are several aspects one could consider concerning the LDC types:
- server-side vs. client-side (in the latter case, might come with certain restrictions, see for example recent TAG discussion re XSS/CORS)
- generic LDCs (such as Tabulator) vs. domain-specific LDCs (such as Semantic CrunchBase), see also Linked Data Browsers, Mashups and other Client Applications
Examples in the Wild
- OpenLink Data Explorer a Web browser extension, and a server-side component of the OpenLink Ajax Toolkit.
- OpenLink Virtuoso
- Semantic CrunchBase
- Ya3 (Yet another aLODin agent) takes entities from the LOD cloud as an input and allows to execute certain actions, such as buy, map, etc. with them.
- see also Linked Data Browsers, Mashups and other Client Applications