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The trouble with DBpedia

poor object resolution defeats the point of the Semantic Web

Paul Houle

Creator of database animals and bayesian brains

July 15, 2014

Generic Databases

Generic Databasee

DBpedia is an example of what I call a "generic database", that is, a database that models concepts that are in people's shared consciousness. The schema.org vocabulary covers this space; some other generic databases are Freebase and Wikidata.

DBpedia is popular because of its support for RDF standards, simple . . .

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What ails Enterprise Search?

You can't improve what you can't measure.

Paul Houle

Creator of database animals and bayesian brains

July 03, 2014

I this article, asking "What is your assessment of today's enterprise search industry?" I thought I'd chip in.

What's done right

Tiger eating

Today's Enterprise Search products have effective answers for content ingestion and and query performance.

Any product that is successful at all has an answer for content ingestion. . . .

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The Supermen

Fictional Characters in DBpedia, Freebase and other Generic Databases

Paul Houle

Creator of database animals and bayesian brains

June 27, 2014

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This is based on a response to a person who was looking at a record for the D.C. comics character named Superman in :BaseKB, which is derived from Freebase

What I see in Freebase right now (June 2014)

https://www.freebase.com/m/070vn#/award/ranked_item

doesn't contain anything that strikes me as wrong, but there is a
split discussion . . .

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RDFeasy DBpedia Experience

Are you experienced?

Paul Houle

Creator of database animals and bayesian brains

June 11, 2014

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I'm proud to announce that the RDFeasy DBpedia Experience is now
available on the AWS Marketplace

https://github.com/paulhoule/RDFeasy/wiki/RDFeasy-DBpedia-Experience
https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/pp/B00KQPGYYA

Experience SPARQL 1.1 queries with the Virtuoso 7 column store, SSD
storage, and the Intel Xeon E5-2670 v2 processor with . . .

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Build your own Knowledge Graph With RDFeasy

Amazon Marketplace AMIs are the quickest and most economical way to get started with RDF

Paul Houle

Creator of database animals and bayesian brains

June 06, 2014

Pumpkins

I just got the Complete Edition of :BaseKB approved at the AWS marketplace

https://github.com/paulhoule/RDFeasy/wiki/RDFeasy-BaseKB-Gold-Complete
https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/pp/B00KRKRYW0

which contains all of the valid and useful facts from [Freebase](http://www.freebase.com/
This product contains about twice as much data as the . . .

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RDFeasy: scalable RDF publishing in the AWS cloud

"Now that was easy!"

Paul Houle

Creator of database animals and bayesian brains

June 02, 2014

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Background

One of my favorite Linked Data products was Kasabi, championed by Leigh Dodds. Kasabi was a platform that let people upload RDF files to a web site and publish them in a SPARQL 1.1 endpoint. Free data could be published for free, and there were plans to let people sell access to data to others.

It was a nice idea and a beautiful . . .

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Funding Open Data With Gittip

to make the revenue fit the expense

Paul Houle

Creator of database animals and bayesian brains

March 19, 2014

Past as prelude

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The early 2000's were a heady time in the library world. Granting agencies were in love with "digital libraries", and you could get $40,000 just like that to put a cool stuff from the archive online or directly help departments with their academic missions.

It's not that expensive to maintain a digital . . .

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