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Re: Qwiki was: Google Knowledge Graph Experiment

From: Christos K <clk1v07@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 11:32:01 +0100
Message-ID: <CAB3-2SA0ZGZE+3+0LBmRLtA9eEnBXc3oVT+-atC8ZRnvbH3oAA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Cc: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>, Eric Franzon <eric@semanticweb.com>, Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>, "semantic-web@w3.org" <semantic-web@w3.org>, "public-rww@w3.org" <public-rww@w3.org>
Hi

there's also http://www.wolframalpha.com which has been around for ages.
What is fascinating about Google though is that it will scale "semantic
search" to boundaries that not many other projects can possibly handle or
anticipate (both in terms of size and usage - queries, clickthrough data,
etc).

The idea of extending search results with semantic data though is not new,
at least not from a research perspective. Worth mentioning, for instance,
is Ratan Guha's work, which does <precisely> that in the form of a Google
meta search. The work dates back to 2003, there have a few other similar
efforts too http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=775250 The whole realm of
"semantic search", "entity search", or "ad-hoc object retrieval" in the
literature is all quite relevant

Best
Christos

On Fri, May 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM, Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>wrote:

> By the way, there are some other projects like http://www.qwiki.com/ that
> clearly do work
> semantically, and offer some of the features touted by google.
>
> Henry
>
> On 18 May 2012, at 09:36, Ivan Herman wrote:
>
> >
> > On May 18, 2012, at 06:51 , Eric Franzon wrote:
> >
> >> Ivan,
> >>
> >> Actually, some modest testing has shown something other than geography
> at play here. Earlier today, colleagues in London and California were able
> to see GKG rich data visualizations, while others in the US (myself
> included -- also in California) and Europe could not.
> >>
> >> I spoke to a Google representative this afternoon who confirmed the
> gradual roll-out, but would not (or could not) discuss the algorithm. He
> did hint that people with Google accounts will be first to see the
> enhancements.
> >
> > Hm. Ok, although I do have a google account...
> >
> > Anyway, no big deal. There is time to do this, but what this shows is
> that running an experiment now may be premature.
> >
> > Cheers
> >
> > ivan
> >
> >>
> >> Cheers,
> >> --Eric
> >>
> >> Sent from my iPhone
> >>
> >> On May 17, 2012, at 9:28 PM, Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org> wrote:
> >>
> >>> Kingsley,
> >>>
> >>> the problem is that, as usual, the GKG is a US centric thing for now,
> At least here in the Netherlands it does not seem to work yet.
> >>>
> >>> (I guess I could set up a proxy to my account in MIT, and reconfigure
> my browsers to work that way, but that is too much trouble...)
> >>>
> >>> :-(
> >>>
> >>> Ivan
> >>> ---
> >>> Ivan Herman
> >>> Tel:+31 641044153
> >>> http://www.ivan-herman.net
> >>>
> >>> (Written on mobile, sorry for brevity and misspellings...)
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> On 17 May 2012, at 22:38, Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> All,
> >>>>
> >>>> I have a theory (at this point) that Google has used profile
> analytics (not a bad thing per se.) to drive the rollout of their new
> Knowledge Graph service. I've dropped a post on G+ with links to a Google
> Drive folder with screenshots that feed my current theory about profile
> driven rollout. Basically, you have two users (distinct profiles) issuing
> the same query, with different results.
> >>>>
> >>>> I am interested in finding out how many of you actually see the new
> Knowledge Graph sidebar.
> >>>>
> >>>> Links:
> >>>>
> >>>> 1. http://goo.gl/dZgxf -- G+ post about my theory
> >>>> 2. http://goo.gl/6eemj -- Shared Google Drive Folder .
> >>>>
> >>>> --
> >>>>
> >>>> Regards,
> >>>>
> >>>> Kingsley Idehen
> >>>> Founder&  CEO
> >>>> OpenLink Software
> >>>> Company Web: http://www.openlinksw.com
> >>>> Personal Weblog: http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/~kidehen
> >>>> Twitter/Identi.ca handle: @kidehen
> >>>> Google+ Profile: https://plus.google.com/112399767740508618350/about
> >>>> LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kidehen
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>
> >>
> >
> >
> > ----
> > Ivan Herman, W3C Semantic Web Activity Lead
> > Home: http://www.w3.org/People/Ivan/
> > mobile: +31-641044153
> > FOAF: http://www.ivan-herman.net/foaf.rdf
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
> Social Web Architect
> http://bblfish.net/
>
>
>
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