The file system is the simplest platform for using, understanding, and exploiting the file (document) create, save, and share pattern. A DBMS, despite being an application that operates on database documents hosted by an operating system, isn’t as straightforward to understand and exploit.
Linked Data Principles Recap
Fundamentally, this is about identifying anything with a hyperlink (specifically, an HTTP URI) and describing everything using RDF sentences where a hyperlink is used to identify the subject, predicate, and object (optionally, as this could also be a literal i.e., one of several primitive datatypes).
Linked Data Goals
To enable anyone say anything about anything, whenever, and from wherever using tags (e.g., hashtags – which are RDF sentences in disguise) or richer RDF sentences.
Powerful data access and flow across boundaries (machines, operating systems, applications) using the same follow-your-nose interaction pattern popularized by the World Wide Web.
Experience via Solid Pod
You initiate your pod, or have someone grant you access to theirs.
Start describing entities that catch your interest i.e., no different to tweeting or blogging but in a space that isn’t tightly bound to a 3rd party service provider who ultimately controls the data you are creating.
Database Management Systems and Solid Pods
Our Virtuoso product supports the same open standards used by Solid i.e., you can experience the same file (document) create, save, and share pattern using an instance of this DBMS platform via its WebDAV, LDP, and ODS-Briefcase modules.
Here are live example links referencing two of my Solid Pods:
Here are screenshots illustrating how a Solid is mounted to a Virtuoso DBMS instance:
OpenID Connect selection as Authentication Protocol
File Manager View, after successful authentication
Solid’s focus on File Systems is about simplifying entry into the read-write realm of Linked Data. There is already DBMS support, as demonstrated by our Virtuoso implementation.
Also note, I can mount my Virtuoso instance to an Solid Pod via OS mount functionality too, courtesy of WebDAV support across most operating systems