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Re: KIT releases 14 billion triples to the Linked Open Data cloud

From: Denny Vrandecic <denny.vrandecic@kit.edu>
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2010 14:43:07 +0200
Cc: Matthias Samwald <samwald@gmx.at>, <public-lod@w3.org>
Message-Id: <FCEC1484-A059-4DDB-8FB4-6AED4753ADD7@kit.edu>
To: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
No, that is left for future work (as said in the paper).


On Apr 1, 2010, at 12:41, Dan Brickley wrote:

> But I love it :) Do the numbers include dates?
> Dan
> On Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 12:30 PM, Matthias Samwald <samwald@gmx.at> wrote:
>> Hi Denny,
>> I am sorry, but I have to voice some criticism of this project. Over the
>> past two years, I have become increasingly wary of the excitement over large
>> numbers of triples in the LOD community. Large numbers of triples don't mean
>> don't necessarily mean that a dataset enables us to do anything novel or
>> significantly useful. I think there should be a shift from focusing on
>> quantity to focusing on quality and usefulness.
>> Now the project you describe seems to be well-made, but it also exemplifies
>> this problem to a degree that I have not seen before. You basically
>> published a huge dataset of numbers, for the sake of producing a large
>> number of triples. Your announcement mainly emphasis on how huge the dataset
>> is, and the corresponding paper does the same. The paper gives a few
>> application scenarios, I quote
>> "The added value of the paradigm shift initiated by our work cannot be
>> underestimated.
>> By endowing numbers with an own identity, the linked open data cloud
>> will become treasure trove for a variety of disciplines. By using elaborate
>> data
>> mining techniques, groundbreaking insights about deep mathematical
>> correspondences
>> can be obtained. As an example, using our sample dataset, we were able
>> to discover that there are signi cantly more odd primes than even ones, and
>> even more excitingly a number contains 2 as a prime factor exactly if its
>> successor does not."
>> I am sorry, but this  sounds a bit overenthusiastic. I see no paradigm
>> shift, and I also don't see why your findings about prime numbers required
>> you to publish the dataset as linked data. I also have troubles seeing the
>> practical value of looking at the resource pages for each number with a
>> linked data browser, but I am also not a mathematician.
>> I am sorry for being a bit antagonistic, but we as a community should really
>> try not to be seduced too easily by publishing ever-larger numbers of
>> triples.
>> Cheers,
>> Matthias Samwald
>> --------------------------------------------------
>> From: "Denny Vrandecic" <denny.vrandecic@kit.edu>
>> Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2010 12:01 PM
>> To: <public-lod@w3.org>
>> Subject: KIT releases 14 billion triples to the Linked Open Data cloud
>>> We are happy to announce that the Institute AIFB at the KIT is releasing
>>> the biggest dataset until now to the Linked Open Data cloud. The Linked Open
>>> Numbers project offers billions of facts about natural numbers, all readily
>>> available as Linked Data.
>>> Our accompanying peer-reviewed paper [1] gives further details on the
>>> background and implementation. We have integrated with external data sources
>>> (linking DBpedia to all their 335 number entities) and also directly link to
>>> the best-known linked open data browsers from the page.
>>> You can visit the Linked Open Numbers project at:
>>> <http://km.aifb.kit.edu/projects/numbers/>
>>> Or point your linked open data browser directly at:
>>> <http://km.aifb.kit.edu/projects/numbers/n1>
>>> We are happy to have increased the amount of triples on the Web by more
>>> than 14 billion triples, roughly 87.5% of the size of linked data web before
>>> this release (see paper for details). We hope that the data set will find
>>> its serendipitous use.
>>> The data set and the publication mechanism was checked pedantically, and
>>> we expect no errors in the triples. If you do find some, please let us know.
>>> We intend to be compatible with all major linked open data publication
>>> standards.
>>> About the AIFB
>>> The Institute AIFB (Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods) at
>>> KIT is one of the world-leading institutions in Semantic Web technology.
>>> Approximately 20 researchers of the knowledge management research group are
>>> establishing theoretical results and scalable implementations for the field,
>>> closely collaborating with the sister institute KSRI (Karlsruhe Service
>>> Research Institute), the start-up company ontoprise GmbH, and the Knowledge
>>> Management group at the FZI Research Center for Information Technologies.
>>> Particular emphasis is given to areas such as logical foundations, Semantic
>>> Web mining, ontology creation engineering and management, RDF data
>>> management, semantic web search, and the implementation of interfaces and
>>> tools. The institute is involved in many industry-university co-operations,
>>> both on a European and a national level, including a number of intelligent
>>> Web systems case studies.
>>> Website: <http://www.aifb.kit.edu>
>>> About KIT
>>> The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is the merger of the former
>>> Universität Karlsruhe (TH) and the former Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. With
>>> about 8000 employees and an annual budget of 700 million Euros, KIT is the
>>> largest technical research institution within Germany. KIT is both, a state
>>> university with research and teaching and, at the same time, a large-scale
>>> research institution of the Helmholtz Association. KIT has a strong
>>> reputation as one of Germany’s university of excellence, aiming to set the
>>> highest standards for education, research and innovation.
>>> Website: <http://www.kit.edu>
>>> [1] Denny Vrandecic, Markus Krötzsch, Sebastian Rudolph, Uta Lösch:
>>> Leveraging Non-Lexical Knowledge for the Linked Open Data Web, published in
>>> Rodolphe Héliot and Antoine Zimmermann (eds.), The Fifth RAFT'2010), the
>>> yearly bilingual publication on nonchalant research, available at
>>> <http://km.aifb.kit.edu/projects/numbers/linked_open_numbers.pdf>=
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