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Re: Introducing Semgel, a semantic database app for gathering & analyzing data from websites

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:37:45 -0400
Message-ID: <50081BB9.3060808@openlinksw.com>
To: public-lod@w3.org
On 7/19/12 9:18 AM, Harish Kumar M. wrote:
> Hi,
> I would like to introduce Semgel (http://semgel.com), an web app that 
> we are building for gathering and analyzing data from websites. The 
> application is based on semweb technologies (rdf, owl, triple stores 
> etc) and as such might of interest to this group.
> The core application is generic - it can consume any kind of rdf/owl 
> data. However, to show case the technology, we dicided to pick one 
> source (crunchbase) to demo the capabilities of the product.
> Semgel allows you to search crunchbase.com <http://crunchbase.com> for 
> companies, investors and people and instantly create databases by 
> grabbing one or more of these entities. Grabbing corresponds to adding 
> all the data present on the crunchbase page for that entity into the 
> database.
> Users can then explore and analyze this data in a intuitive manner. We 
> support filtering, drilling (parallax style), visualization and even 
> simple expressions. We have tried to innovate and make the most the 
> fact that we have a graph-model backing all of this instead of the 
> traditional relational-model.
> Do take a look at the app. I would be delighted if you can offer us 
> any kind of feedback on the application. I would also be very happy to 
> hear from you if you see a opportunity to partner with us in this context.
> Thanks,
> Harish
> *Links*
> site : http://semgel.com
> videos & documentation : http://semgel.com/help.jsp
> quick start : http://semgel.com/data/segment/sg11100-product-search 
> - scroll down and click on "Analyze Now" to get started straight away.

Nice visualization .

A few questions:

1. do you expose Linked Data or is this an service that using Linked 
Data processing as part of an HTML page/report product pipeline?
2. If you do expose Linked Data, how do I discover the Linked Data URIs 
for the entities that constitute your Linked Data space?

Here is an example of what I am seeking re., the questions above, using 

1. http://www.crunchbase.com/company/facebook -- crunchbase URL
-- URI for document about Facebook
-- URI for Entity: 'Facebook'
4. http://bit.ly/Pm2ALV -- a faceted browser pages providing an 
alternative document that describes the entity 'Facebook'
5. http://bit.ly/Pm3590 -- URI Debugger page that shows how <head/> + 
<link/> and/or HTTP response header aid URI discovery.

I am not posting to knock your effort, the visualization you deliver is 
very nice and useful. I just want to encourage you to publish linked 
data (if not doing so already) in a manner that makes discovery easy for 
other Linked Data oriented users and user agents. Once in place,  your 
contributions simply enhance (by contributions that increase link 
density) follow-your-nose navigation across the burgeoning Web of Linked 



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