15 March 2007

Freebase and Creative Commons

I just got back from SXSW, and there was a really positive response to Freebase from the people I met.

I think that our decision to make Freebase data available via the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-by) license is a big part of the positive reaction -- people are willing to share when they know that the sharing goes both ways.

Freebase invite contest

Now I'm looking for people who have data to share and would like to try out Freebase. So I'm holding a contest - if you want to use Freebase, post a comment and tell me why you are interested. The three best submissions between now and Friday, March 23 will get invites to our alpha test.

Whether you're a regular user, a programmer who wants to use an API, or have an interesting data set that you'd like to share with the world, you've got a chance.


Jeremy Olson said...

I may be able to use the Freebase API for a research web app that I'm developing but I would need to find out more about it. I've been reading every article I can get my hands on about Freebase and how it works but it would help a lot to be able to see it in action.

Joe Hughes said...

I started writing an explanation of why I'm interested in Freebase, and I ended up with an entire blog post. In short, Freebase is one of the most promising contenders for representing and sharing a data set of independent transit sites that I've been developing.

Ilya Lichtenstein said...

This is not a contest entry, as I am already a part of the Freebase alpha. Jeremy, you might want to take a look at my post about using Freebase for advanced search. Playing the role of a regular user, I found that Freebase already excels at enabling semantic search, which Google and others have not delved into. I'll be covering the API in a future post.

Jeremy Olson said...

You can take me out of the contest (see first post). I received an invitation to the alpha already. Freebase is looking great! I'll be blogging my impressions about it on my blog.

zippy said...

Jeremy, congratulations! I'll look forward to your post.

chris2001 said...

I´m a volunteer editor at Open Directory Project. And would like to test-drive Freebase
1) because the ODP volunteer community is always curious to learn about new volunteer projects.
2) to find out if there are options for cooperation.

ODP is the oldest Open Content project, and has been sharing its content with the web community since 1998 (overview on ODP data use).

zippy said...

Joe, that sounds like a pretty cool project. I'll take a look at it.

Chris, what areas do you edit/manage on ODP, if you don't mind me asking?

Reg Cheramy said...

I'd love to take a look at Freebase... looks to be very ambitious.

I write a blog http://web2.0central.com/ and would love to do a little writeup.

I am also the founder of http://www.zigtag.com/ which plays in a similar space yet in an entirely different way so I'm curious to explore how our systems may interact.


chris2001 said...

Zippy, apologies for the delay in answering - I am without regular stable internet connection for some days.
I am a volunteer admin at ODP. The admin guidelines give an overview on typical admin tasks. The role includes editall access, i.e. I can edit in all parts of the directory.

allex said...

Every time I was choosing a new phone, notebook, car etc. I was dreaming about complete database where I can find what I want using some query in flexible enough language.

I've searched the Web wondering why there is no such must have service. I've even started thinking about doing such service myself or at least contrive principles.

Because of large amount of data, it must be collaborative system, like wikipedia. It gives max possible completeness. But how to ensure correctness of data? How to resist unintentional mistakes and conscious vandalism?

We need to resolve conflicts of opinions arising in collaborative work. In wikipedia, the last opinion wins, all others are not taken into account. So, it is easy to make new winning opinion, make war.

From my point of view, there is better way to resolve conflicts - majority opinion should win. Each user may have its own opinion on any topic, or may agree with some existing opinion. In this case new opinion can't simply win.

Majority opinion also may be incorrect, so it is wise to be able to show alternate opinions, especially new ones, may be with arguments.

Of course, I'm late for Freebase invitation contest. But as you can see, I'm very interested in Freebase and have some ideas.
I have experience in software development and will try to use Freebase API.
And English is not my native language, so I will pay attention to internationalization issues.

So, if there will be another chance to be involved, I hope you recall me.

chris2001 said...

Lots of thanks for the invite, Zippy! I´ll start testing as soon as I´m back home *starts counting remaining holidays* three... two... ;-)