"To my knowledge [writes Kris], we are the first search site to make use of the data in this fashion, and provide links to the underlying semantic data."
In related news, Yahoo! have tweaked the way in which SearchMonkey-derived enhancements appear within the Yahoo! results page. As of today, a number of those applications will be turned on by default for all users.
As we see more and more Linked Data become available for mashing and meshing in this way, the value of those linkages become ever-more apparent. That both of these examples pull you back to the traditional results page of a mainstream search engine site is merely a factor of the stage we are at in adoption. The capabilities become far more compelling as any application, anywhere is able to enrich itself by means of simple calls to data residing elsewhere in the Cloud.
So what's next? And how do those traditional search engines continue to transform themselves in ways that sustainably deliver these capabilities to the point of need, rather than pulling users back to the site every time?