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Web person at the Imperial War Museum, just completed PhD about digital sustainability in museums (the original motivation for this blog was as my research diary). Posting occasionally, and usually museum tech stuff but prone to stray. I welcome comments if you want to take anything further. These are my opinions and should not be attributed to my employer or anyone else (unless they thought of them too). Twitter: @jottevanger

Friday, May 30, 2008

Freebase - a LOT is interesting about this

Alex Iskold (again) gives a great explanation on ReadWriteWeb of what Freebase is, how it works, and where it fits into the Semantic Web. I've got nothing to add, except that I've realised I must explore it, but it's blindingly obvious that this is one possible path we could explore to binding together information from multiple museums and linking it to more broadly understood concepts and data from outside that domain. I love the sound of the query language the API uses, too (metaweb query language, MQL), it's so obvious and yet so novel and useful.
Iskold follows up with another post putting Freebase and others into a broader context of semantic search: Semantic Search: The Myth and Reality

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