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Sindice.com end of support and "history"

From: Giovanni Tummarello <g.tummarello@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:28:56 +0100
Message-ID: <CAHHRs7gmri==SpJLWT6CZRGMXVhq+GXjW6uXYST2-x3dy6WYiQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Semantic Web at W3C <semantic-web@w3.org>, Linking Open Data <public-lod@w3.org>
Dear all,

the Sindice team announces today the end of the support of the Sindice.com
service. Effective late March we have put the service in “read only” mode.
Maintenance on our side will continue until August 30th.

With the launch in 2012 of Schema.org, Google and others have effectively
embraced the vision of the “Semantic Web”. With the RDFa standard, but now
even more with JSON-LD, richer and richer markup is becoming more and more
popular on websites. While there might not be public web data “search
apis”, large collections of crawled data (pages <http://commoncrawl.org/>
 and RDF <http://webdatacommons.org/>) exist today which are made available
on cloud computing platforms for easy analysis with your favorite big data

Even more interestingly, the technology of Sindice.com has been made
available in several projects maintained either as open source (see the
blog post) or commercially supported by the team, now transitioned to the
Sindice LTD company, AKA SindiceTech <http://sindicetech.com/>.

For example, the Sindice.com main search engine, Siren, for is now
available at http://sirendb.com .

We recommend the community looks at it for what we believe to be
unparalleled search capabilities on rich semistructured data (e.g. Json/XML
and or text enhanced with entity descriptions or relational data).

It has been quite a journey for us, and given there is no single summary
anywhere we thought we’d take this occasion to write and share it. For
“historical” reasons and as a way to glimpse at future directions of this
field and technologies.

The Sindice.com Founders

Dr. Giovanni Tummarello & Dr. Renaud Delbru

Received on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 17:29:46 UTC

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