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Re: [ANN] DBpedia Lookup

From: Matthias Samwald <samwald@gmx.at>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 13:12:44 +0100
Message-ID: <1792A2B53436482FBB4C3C24F4E3DC11@ms>
To: "Georgi Kobilarov" <georgi.kobilarov@gmx.de>, <dbpedia-discussion@lists.sourceforge.net>, <public-lod@w3.org>, <semantic-web@w3.org>

I see that the web service is implemented with SOAP. As this service will 
mainly be used in light-weight web applications where autocompletion is 
required, a simpler interface would be very helpful (i.e., a REST-style 
service that works with simple HTTP GET requests).

Matthias Samwald

DERI Galway, Ireland

Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution & Cognition Research, Austria

> Hi all,
> DBpedia provides Linked Data URIs for 2.6 million things. However, it
> wasn't always easy in the past for other Linked Data publishers to find
> a DBpedia URI.
> DBpedia Lookup [1] aims to fill that gap. It provides a service to find
> the most-likely DBpedia URIs for a given keyword. The underlying
> algorithm ranks DBpedia resources based on their relevance in Wikipedia
> and includes synonyms into the index.
> Try the terms "Shakespeare", "EU", or "Cambridge" and see for yourself
> if the results you'd expect show up at the top. The result ranking is
> different - and supposed to be more useful - than a simple full-text
> search or SPARQL-Query with embedded regular expression for matching
> labels.
> There is a web-service available at [2]. You can use the KeywordSearch
> method for searching full terms (as you see at [1]), and the
> PrefixSearch method for an autocompletion-style interface such as the
> one you see at [3]. The webservice returns a list of resource URIs with
> English abstracts, dbpedia classes and categories.
> Feel free to use the service as you like. If you plan to use it in a
> production system or to run a high-load batch process, please drop me a
> message to let me know. Thanks.
> I hope that DBpedia Lookup is useful for you, and I'd appreciate any
> feedback.
> Many thanks to the semantic web folks at the BBC for their support and
> feedback on the development of DBpedia Lookup.
> Cheers,
> Georgi
> [1] http://lookup.dbpedia.org
> [2] http://lookup.dbpedia.org/api/search.asmx
> [3] http://lookup.dbpedia.org/autocomplete.aspx
> --
> Georgi Kobilarov
> Freie Universitšt Berlin
> www.georgikobilarov.com
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