Over time we’ve improved search by deepening our understanding of queries and web pages. The web isn’t merely words—it’s information about things in the real world, and understanding the relationships between real-world entities can help us deliver relevant information more quickly. Today, we’ve acquired Metaweb, a company that maintains an open database of things in the world. Working together we want to improve search and make the web richer and more meaningful for everyone.
After all, is there really room for what at first glance appears to be a bastard child of wikipedia and the Open Directory Project, another site that purports to collect and organize all the world’s information in one place?
- This is much more exciting than the excitement we had when Microsoft bought Powerset to infuse Semantic technology into their search. Freebase will help Google enhance their search results in a dramatic way, further bolstering its hold on the search engine market.
- So far, Google has focussed more on a statistical approach to Semantic Web. With this acquisition, they are taking a more structured approach to linking the web of data. I see it as an acknowledgement by Google that a structured approach to Semantic Web is very important. Again, it is my personal opinion and I would love to hear from Semantic Web experts like Paul Miller on this.
- At a more personal level, this will ensure that Freebase lives longer without buckling to market pressures as a service from a small company.
hope google’s acquisition of #freebase does for interconnected, structured data what the youtube acq did for video on the web.
Update 2: Here is a video introducing Metaweb (Thanks to @ciscomobile for the link)