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    Publicado el 28.5.2015 por Ricardo Alonso Maturana

    Metaweb video - Freebase

    On July 16th 2010, when Metaweb announced their acquisition by Google, they also launched a video that explains what Metaweb/Freebase does, what entities are, etc.

    Video Transcript

    You know what drives me crazy about words? They have a million different meanings.

    Like, check this out: someone says, "I love Boston." Now, they probably mean, "I love Boston, the big city in Massachusetts", but they could be referring to one of the twenty-six other Bostons that are scattered around the globe. But, if it's during the playoffs, they're probably referring to the Celtics [basketball team]. Of course, you and I both hope that they're talking about the Boston. You know. [Image of rock band, sounds of electric guitar.]

    But, I guess there's really no way of knowing. The problem is that the same word can mean so many different things. Because of that, when it comes to finding, linking, reconciling, or organising multiple layers of information, words are not the best solution. The guys at grocery stores figured this out back in the sixties when they started putting barcodes on everything, so that products with the same name wouldn't get confused.

    So how come on the web, so many sites still try to organise stuff with words? Say you're a product guy at a big music site and you want to pull in feeds of lyrics and videos and photos from all of your data suppliers. But everyone uses different names for things, and a lot of the feeds don't even match up, so you've got to reconcile them, and pull in updates, and deal with merges and deletes and splits. It's a nightmare.

    But what if there was a better way?

    Welcome to Metaweb. Metaweb is a service that helps you build your website around entities, and not just words. Whoa, what's an entity? Well the simple answer is, it's a singular person, place, or thing.

    OK, well, let's compare that to text. Did you know that on the web there are more than 50 different ways people write "U. C. Berkeley"? [Examples listed: Cal Berkeley, Berkeley University, UCB, California, U of Cal, etc.] And they're really just talking about one single place, one entity. By mapping all those words to a single entity, as if it had its own barcode, you can combine all that information about U. C. Berkeley into one place.

    But that's just the beginning. Because entities represent unique, real-life things, we can build a map that shows how they're related. So, you can look for things that share certain attributes, like "actresses under 20 from New York". Can you imagine trying to find that with a keyword search? [Shows typical keyword search results, with keywords highlighted: "NY blogger under fire for criticizing actress", "March 3 2004: New! 20 steps to be an actress", "Kid actress eats 20 York peppermints".] Entities are just smarter than words.

    So, Metaweb's been in the process of identifying millions of these entities and mapping out how they're related, and what words other sites use to refer to them. And it's really cool because they have a totally collaborative process that involves the online community. This thing will always be expanding and improving.

    So, how is this going to help you? Well let's say you're that guy writing the movie review. If you tag the review with an entity in Metaweb, it's like you're looking at a menu saying, "Hey, Metaweb, give me the movie poster and a trailer and some links and maybe some other information like the release date and who was in it." And BAM, it'd be right there. And now, your page looks awesome!

    Or, say you're that product guy at the music site. Instead of spending months doing messy integrations and maintaining all those feeds, you can just plug in to Metaweb, and suddenly everything just works. It's like a switchboard for content on the web. [Various logos related to web content: eg. Twitter, Facebook, Audio Scrobbler, Wordpress.] And not only that! When your site's built on entities, new things get magically connected. Like, if one of your users adds a band to her profile page, or tags them in a comment, that can show up on the band page, because they're all linked under the hood to the same entity.

    Are you kidding me? This stuff sounds impossible! Well, that's what they said about the barcode.

    And it's not just movies and bands. Metaweb has millions of entities in thousands of categories: twelve million and counting!

    Metaweb makes your site smarter. It's time to connect to the web. Metaweb.com.

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    Publicado el 5.10.2010 por Equipo GNOSS

    Semantic Web Summit East - Boston (mediabistro.com)

    Semantic Web Summit East se celebrará en Boston el 16 y 17 de noviembre:

    "How can you create value that will put you ahead of the competition? The Semantic Web Summit, formerly the Web 3.0 Conference, features innovators across industries examining the potential of the semantic web, and how it can transform the way you do business. This won't be a day and a half of technical jargon -- this event is about improving efficiencies in marketing and information management for a positive bottom line effect".

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    Publicado el 7.4.2010 por Ricardo Alonso Maturana

    NoSQL Live Boston Recap (10gen)

    NoSQL Live fue un evento celebrado en Boston en el que participaron presencialmente más de 200 personas y otras 300 lo siguieron a través de webcast. En este post se encuentran los enlaces a los blogs de los ponentes, a sus presentaciones y, en general, a todo el material que se utilizó y circuló en la jornada. Muy interesante para todos aquellos que están trabajando en la construcción y desarrollo de la tecnología de la web 3.0.

    Thanks to all of the participants and attendees for making NoSQL Live such a success! We really enjoyed working with Cloudant and Hashrocket to bring together so many innovators in the NoSQL space. Over 230 people attended the event in person, and another 300 logged into the webcast over the course of the day.

    Some bad news and some good news about the video. Bad news: The streaming service that we used had a server crash in the middle of the event, and the recording was lost. Good news: We’ve pulled together a great archive of the event from a variety of sources within the community. Special thanks to Christian Scholz for recording MP3s of the entire event. If you have any additional notes, blogs, photos, slides, or video from the event, please post in the comments section.

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    Publicado en 10gen el: 16/03/2010 21:18:00

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