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imdb as linked open data?

From: Chris Sizemore <Chris.Sizemore@bbc.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2008 23:18:47 +0100
Message-ID: <22E75701DF55CB459F5EC560C366846704BDD8F3@bbcxue219.national.core.bbc.co.uk>
To: <public-lod@w3.org>
Cc: "Silver Oliver" <Silver.Oliver@bbc.co.uk>, "Michael Smethurst" <Michael.Smethurst@bbc.co.uk>
sorry if this post seems hopelessly naive, but...

some questions/thoughts about imdb, if you'll indulge me?



1) the licensing seems too restrictive for the purposes of this community, but has anyone taken the downloadable imdb data and tried to RDF-ize it? thoughts? 

http://www.imdb.com/interfaces
http://uk.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?usedatasoftware 

http://glinden.blogspot.com/2008/03/using-imdb-data-for-netflix-prize.html

http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2006/05/imdb-api.html



2) switching focus a bit, could we/should we be using imdb URIs as identifiers for Movies, TV Programmes, and TV Programme Episodes, and (certain) people? i think we should, so, from the best LOD practice (given that imdb haven't yet pulled a dbpedia and provided concept/data URIs in addition to their document URLs), shouldn't i use:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088846/#thing (to represent the gilliam film Brazil in BBC RDF...)

right?


3) what if i published a site that publicly made available RDF such as:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000187/#thing  owl:sameAs  http://musicbrainz.org/artist/79239441-bfd5-4981-a70c-55c3f15c1287.html#thing

or 

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000187/#thing  owl:sameAs  http://zitgist.org/79239441-bfd5-4981-a70c-55c3f15c1287 (or whatever it is)

in other words, a set of RDF making equivalency statements about people from imdb across to other datasets like musicbrainz? would this community find that useful? 

in other words, given the imdb licensing realities, are imdb URIs useful as identifiers even if we can't use the related data? are URIs useful in LOD on their own?


sorry for the ramble, but had a lot of imdb on my mind...



all the best--

--chris sizemore




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