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October 31st, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Just saw on Stefano’s Linotype that social datbase Freebase launched a version 4.0. I think Stefano does a better job marketing the redesign than the official Freebase blog. The positives he cites:

  • reducing data agoraphobia
  • one size does not fit all
  • increasing relational density

I really want to be excited about Freebase, especially given theĀ cool interface work that David Huynh is doing there. But I just don’t get it. Is there anyone here who has drank the kool-aid and can explain it to me?

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Daniel Lemire // Oct 31, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    I wrote something just like it with a post-doc, except that it uses only tag clouds. I even made a paper out of it:

    I bet they share a lot of my intuition, so maybe the intro. of my paper could help you.

    Their design however has one fundamental difference: they use “selection queries” (which architects did this) and they do not have much support for fancier aggregates and clustering… which we worked on.

  • 2 Freebase Parallax // Dec 3, 2008 at 12:11 am

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