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Re: imdb as linked open data?

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2008 07:41:56 -0400
Message-ID: <47F4C284.3010505@openlinksw.com>
To: Hugh Glaser <hg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
CC: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>

Hugh Glaser wrote:
> I have a student who has brought up a LOD site (imdb.rkbexplorer.com-style
> of course!) of imdb, and is currently polishing the RDF, while doing the
> rest of his project.
> Unfortunately, as pointed out, the license allows us to download and process
> it (I think), but prevents us doing anything more than research with it, and
> so it is not available outside.
> In due course I will look at the license more carefully to see if more can
> be done, but am not hopeful (anyone more experienced in these things care to
> advise?). I don't think we can even make the service that uses the data
> public. Of course we may be able to persuade imdb to allow us to publish it
> with appropriate stuff or publish it themselves, especially if we can make
> it easy for them. (The cost of us buying the license would be prohibitive.)
> When we have finished I intend to squirt an email at them about this.
> We can I believe make it available to specific people who ask, and we would
> be very happy for it to be used like that.
> For information, the store stats are:
> Current statistics for this repository (imdb.rkbexplorer.com) <
> Last data assertion  2008-03-30 15:05:22
> Number of triples    65569894
> Number of symbols    16969654
> Size of RDF dataset  6.9G
> The URIs are things like
> http://imdb.rkbexplorer.com/id/film-84f744ebc2f20a3c8f6c97cebc17f3bf
>  which is Brazil.
> Best
> Hugh

This is an example of many to come, where LOD needs to pitch the value 
of Linked Data to Information Publishers :-) I think they will 
ultimately publish and host their own RDF Linked Data once the intrinsic 
value is clear to them.



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