We’re creating an interface built on linked data; one particular view provides information about a (Norwegian) foaf:Person and we’d like this to be bilingual. Currently, we’re using data from DBPedia, however, this resource doesn’t have a Norwegian dbpedia-owl:abstract for this particular foaf:Person.
What this means is that while we can find English and several other languages, we can’t get what we need.
This is an issue because we can’t reliably link to anything without having inspected it first; this means that our “trusted resource” isn’t so trustworthy that we can just link to it.
Of course, this open-world entails that we can’t simply assume things about the data, but we still would like to. This means that we suddenly seem like the gnomes that one often hears prattling on about the “brave new world” of linked data on certain mailing lists.
Admittedly, we know the data we want exists somewhere, it’s just not where we wanted it to be. One can only hope that makes makes us at least a bit different to the linked-data decriers.