Dear Fringe Website,
Your terms and conditions make me sad.
I work with the Web Science Trust and some of the big names in the Semantic Web and I was hoping I would be able to create “linked data” for the fringe festival. Linked data is the technique being used to publish government data on data.gov.uk and, according to Sir Tim Berners Lee, is the future of the web.
If I was able to do this (which I would happily do for free and with no bother to you), it would result in dozens of websites and phone apps remixing the fringe guide. While I’m sure your own iPhone app will be good (although I have a android phone, so no use to me), it would have been exciting to have 100′s of people providing alternate ways to work with the programme, and far more in the spirit of the fringe. Sadly it looks like the rules have been written from the perspective of advertising revenue and control, rather than fostering creativity and experimentation.
The Fringe will be awesome without linked data, but it could be and should be awesomer.
- Christopher Gutteridge.
ps. You really should rethink the policy “About linking by hypertext to our website” as it is unrealistic and draconian. I broke the terms and conditions by mentioning your URL in an unauthorised tweet.