Open Data: Information wants to be linked
By bblfish on Aug 17, 2007
With over 2 billion relations from the great web community data projects such as Wikipedia, Project Gutenberg, Music Brainz, and many more... the Linking Open Data initiative is tying together a vast pool of quality machine readable information on which one can run any of the over 500 Semantic Web tools. As the value of linked information increases much faster than the networks described by Metcalf's Law, the value of this must be tremendous.
By creating data browsing interfaces such as Tabulator, one has a very simple RESTful, Resource Oriented Architecture API to work with. With various SPARQL endpoints available or to be built, one can treat that information like a hugely powerful database.
Forget Web APIs: long live linked data!
Some of the projects listed are:
- DBPedia: wikipedia as browseable relations. Excellent!
- DBTune: extracts data from Magnatune, Jamendo, Dogmazic, Mutopia, and to create links between them and other available semantic web repositories like DBPedia
- Freshmeat exports metadata about its 43 thousand projects
- CIA factbook
- RPM Find as RDF! for linux users
- The US Census as RDF!