The Dawning of the Age of the Structured Web
Mike at AI³ has posted a great in-depth article titled:
Did You Blink? The Structured Web Just Arrived
From the article:
“DBpedia is the first and largest source of structured data on the Internet covering topics of general knowledge. You may have not yet heard of DBpedia, but you will. Its name derives from its springboard in Wikipedia. And it is free, growing rapidly and publicly available today.
With DBpedia, you can manipulate and derive facts on more than 1.6 million “things” (people, places, objects, entities). For example, you can easily retrieve a listing of prominent scientists born in the 1870s; or, with virtually no additional effort, a further filtering to all German theoretical physicists born in 1879 who have won a Nobel prize . DBpedia is the first project chosen for showcasing by the Linking Open Data community of the Semantic Web Education and Outreach (SWEO) interest group within the W3C. That community has committed to make portions of other massive data sets — such as the US Census, Geonames, MusicBrainz, WordNet, the DBLP bibliography and many others — interoperable as well.”