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Re: Introducing the Knowledge Graph: things, not strings

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2012 21:26:51 -0400
Message-ID: <4FB453DB.8090600@openlinksw.com>
To: public-lod@w3.org
On 5/16/12 8:32 PM, Daniel Schwabe wrote:
> On May 16, 2012, at 20:04  - 16/05/12, Kingsley Idehen wrote:
>> On 5/16/12 6:55 PM, Bernard Vatant wrote:
>>> Adrian
>>> Don't dream of accessing the Google Knowledge Graph and query it 
>>> through a SPARQL endpoint as you do for DBpedia. As every Google 
>>> critical technological infrastructure, I'm afraid it will be well 
>>> hidden under the hood, and accessible only through the search 
>>> interface. If they ever expose the Graph objects through an API as 
>>> they do for Gmaps, now THAT would be really great news.
>>> Kingsley says they have Freebase, yes but Freebase stores only 22 
>>> million entities according to their own stats, which makes less than 
>>> 5% of the overall figure, since Google claims 500 million nodes in 
>>> the Knowledge Graph, and growing.  So I guess they have also DBpedia 
>>> and VIAF and Geonames and you name it ... whatever open and 
>>> structured they can put their hands on. Linked data stuff whatever 
>>> the format.
>>> Bernard
>> And it will be query accessible, this is something that's inevitable 
>> and unavoidable. This is the Web.
> Well, that's what I've been trying to find out...
>  Some of the questions:
> will they provide an API to access/query it?

They have not option but provide an API. Anything less than that 
contradicts the entire endeavor.
> How really OPEN will it be?

The data will be structured in human/machine discernible form because 
(one again) they have no choice.

> Will it then become the de-facto "DBPedia" in the linked space, ie, a 
> central hub that almost everybody (also) links to?

It will be one of many large data spaces within the Web's global data 
space. It won't replace DBpedia, Freebase, or anything else. It will 
simply add yet another big and useful lookup space to the Web in general :-)

> Cheers
> D



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