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CIKM 2011 Industry Event: John Giannandrea on Freebase – A Rosetta Stone for Entities

This post is part of a series summarizing the presentations at the CIKM 2011 Industry Event, which I chaired with former Endeca colleague Tony Russell-Rose. The second speaker in the program was Metaweb co-founder John Giannadrea. Google acquired Metaweb last year and has kept its promise to to maintain Freebase as a free and open database for the world (including for rival […]

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Free as in Freebase

http://static.slidesharecdn.com/swf/ssplayer2.swf?doc=nycmeetup-jt-aug09-090828181330-phpapp02&stripped_title=nyc-semantic-web-meetup-aug-2009 It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about Freebase, the semantic web database maintained by Metaweb. But I recently had the chance to meet Freebasers Robert Cook and Jamie Taylor and hear them present to the New York Semantic Web Meetup on “Content, Identifiers and Freebase” (slides embedded above). It was a fun and […]

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Kevin McDonald on Endeca on Freebase

This post from Kevin McDonald triggered all of my web alerts, so I thought I’d share it. It’s an interesting thought.

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David Huynh’s Freebase Parallax

One of the perks of working in HCIR is that you get to meet some of the coolest people in academic and industrial research. I met David Huynh a few years ago, while he was a graduate student at MIT, working in the Haystack group and on the Simile project. You’ve probably seen some of […]

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CIKM 2011 Industry Event: Slides and Summaries

I’ve posted slides and summaries for all ten CIKM 2011 Industry Event presentations: Stephen Robertson (Microsoft Research): Why Recall Matters John Giannandrea (Google): Freebase – A Rosetta Stone for Entities Jeff Hammerbacher (Cloudera): Experiences Evolving a New Analytical Platform: What Works and What’s Missing Khalid Al-Kofahi (Thomson Reuters): Combining Advanced Technology and Human Expertise in […]

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Upcoming Information Retrieval Conferences

I hope everyone who attended the recent SIGIR 2011 in Beijing had an excellent experience. I didn’t manage to make it to that side of the globe myself, but I’m looking forward to hearing back from my LinkedIn colleagues who were there — particularly Paul Ogilvie, who gave an invited talk at the first Workshop on Entity-Oriented […]

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In Search Of Structure

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a summit that Greylock Partners organized for its portfolio companies at LinkedIn to discuss the power of data. Invited participants represented some of the most interesting “big data” companies in Silicon Valley, including Google, Facebook, Pandora, Cloudera, and Zynga. Discussion took place under the Chatham House Rule, […]

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CFP: CIKM 2011 Industry Event

As I posted a few months ago, I’m organizing the Industry Event at CIKM 2011 with Tony Russell-Rose. We have a great set of keynotes lined up: Stephen Robertson (Microsoft Research) John Giannandrea (Google) Jeff Hammerbacher (Cloudera) Peter Jackson (Thomson Reuters) We’re also looking for submissions from industry researchers and practitioners. The submission deadline is June 21. Here is […]

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CIKM 2011 Industry Event

CIKM 2011 is nearly a year away, but I wanted to give folks a heads up about the Industry Event there that I am organizing with Tony Russell-Rose. These events have become an an increasingly important part of the annual CIKM and SIGIR conferences, and I believe they are helping to bridge the gap between scholarship […]

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SIGIR 2010: Day 1 Posters

The first day of SIGIR 2010 ended with a monster poster session–over 100 posters to see in 2 hours in a hall without air conditioning! I managed to see a handful: “Query Quality: User Ratings and System Predictions” by Claudia Hauff, Franciska de Jong, Diane Kelly, and Leif Azzopardi offered the startling (to me at […]