Recently, we released Carbon LDP version 5. New support for enterprise-class databases and clustering, among other features, make this our most significant release to date. At this milestone, I thought I would share the story of how and why we created the platform. Many may be unaware that we’ve spent the last five years in research and development and that the concept was born eight years before that. It’s something I’ve been involved with for thirteen years now and it’s part of the reason why I left IBM to help establish our company, Base22.
Originally, I didn’t set out to build a Semantic Web system. It was a year before the term Linked Data had been coined by Tim Berners-Lee and nine years before the Linked Data Platform (LDP) became a W3C standard. I just wanted to build something that would improve our software and solve common software development problems. As it turned out, Linked Data was the answer, but it was not the original goal.