As I explained in that announcement that I’m leaving Talis, I’m going to be exploring freelance consulting opportunities.
While I’m not limiting that to Linked Data work, its an area in which I have a lot invested and which there is still lots of activity. Perhaps not enough to support Talis Systems, but there certainly seems to be a number of opportunities that could support freelancers and small consulting businesses.
Talis was always keen to help develop the market and had quite open relationships with others in the industry. Everyone benefits if the pie gets bigger and in an early stage market is makes sense to share opportunities and collaborate where possible.
I’d like to continue that if possible. Even in the last few days I’ve had questions about whether Talis’ decision might mark the beginning of some wider move away from the technology. That’s certainly not how I see it. Even Talis is not moving away from the technology, its just focusing on a specific sector. I’ve already learnt of other companies that are starting to embrace Linked Data within the enterprise.
I think it would be a good thing if those of us working in this area in the UK & EU organise ourselves a little more; to make the most of the available opportunities and to continue to grow the market. There are various interest groups (like Lotico) but those are more community rather than business focused.
A network could take a number of forms. It may be simply be a LinkedIn network. Or a (closed?) mailing list to share opportunities and experience. But it would be nice to find a way to share successes and case studies where they exist. Sites like SemanticWeb.com often promote projects, but I wonder whether something more focused might be useful.
These are just some early stage thoughts. What I’d most like to do is find out:
- whether others think this is a good idea — would it be useful?
- what forms people would prefer to see it take — what would be useful for you?
- who is active, as a freelancer or SME, in this area — I have some contacts but I doubt its exhaustive
If you’ve got thoughts on those then please drop a comment on this post. Or drop me an email.