Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Freebase Wikipedia extracts are available at Amazon webservices

In a blog post of the Freebase blog, it was announced that the Freebase extracts of Wikipedia are now available at the Amazon web services public data sets.

For me this is an indication how relevant data from Wikipedia and data derived from Wikipedia is. This is only one out of many projects where data derived from Wikipedia has its own life. It is exceedingly important that this movement of extracting data, mashing it with other sources is recognised for its potential. This is the frontier of data connectivity.

Because of its role as the premier encyclopaedic resource Wikipedia has an important position. I hope that the Wikimedia Foundation will recognise its importance and give priority to the necessary tasks that will further this movement.
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