As background, I was one of the leaders of the Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET) team back in 1997-1999, which first implemented secure XML-formatted and event-drive information exchanges in the justice space that ultimately contributed to the definition of the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM) in 2001 and the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Justice domain in 2005. It is time to look forward!

A paradigm shift has occurred in the Information Interoperability / Information Sharing space. This shift is the movement from sharing information via exchanging data to finding and sharing it via the linking of data. While technical folks have been building fancier horse and buggy whips, the Henry Fords of the world are about to open their first factory assembly lines delivering Semantic Web Technology (SWT) (see diagram below) based information sharing via Linked Data concepts. I predict these open standards, specifications, and solutions will effectively crank out Model Ts like never seen before--and we all know what was then the fate of the horse and buggy whips trade.

The Semantic Web Technology Stack

It seems to me that the entire "information exchange" community needs to be looking into the future 15 years or so instead of merely tweaking 15+ year old concepts and methods. This paradigm shift is forcing a move “up” the stack as we [and our machines ;)] leverage RDF in direct support of information exchange along with defining more advanced Models and Rules, which ultimately provide support for the intelligent "Logic-based" linkage of federated data instead of the constant exchanging of unnecessary data.

My future posts introduce a vision for an Enhanced Linked Data Architecture…stay tuned!