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Re: AW: Google Base and the Semantic Web

From: David Janes -- BlogMatrix <davidjanes@blogmatrix.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 08:05:00 -0400
Message-ID: <44BCCE6C.2010203@blogmatrix.com>
To: Chris Bizer <chris@bizer.de>
CC: semantic-web@w3.org

Hi Chris,

I still have hope for the following reasons:

- the GData [1] APIs are read/query/write; as mentioned in my posts, 
there is no overlap between GData and GBase [2] but this is probably 
because different areas of the organization invented these tools. It 
doesn't really make sense for Google to keep these apart forever
- in terms of features you'd want to implement immediately, a "reading 
API" is probably not at the top of the list. Their main concern is 
probably Joe/Jane User. So maybe...

Even if they don't make the entire DB queriable, it would be nice if 
they made individual records exportable in XML. The flatness of the 
format would also lend to a "microformats" approach in the HTML. Then 
comes the issue assigning meaningful URIs to the records.

Unfortunately, Google is a big very opaque organization with a well 
deserved reputation for secrecy so it's unlikely we'll know what they're 
planning until it shows up.

Regards, etc...

[1] http://code.google.com/apis/gdata/
[2] 
http://blogmatrix.semantic.blogmatrix.com/:entry:blogmatrix-2006-07-16-0009/


Chris Bizer wrote:
> Hi David,
> 
> "Google should export it's database in XML" (from
> http://blogmatrix.semantic.blogmatrix.com/2006/07.17/0004/)
> 
> Yes, this would be great. But I fear that this is not exactly Google's
> business model. 
> 
> Does anybody know anything about plans for a public Google Base API? 
> 
> Chris
> 
Received on Tuesday, 18 July 2006 12:12:06 GMT

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