The news that New Yorker music writer Sasha Frere-Jones has joined the crowdsourced annotation site Genius has highlighted the ambitions of the service, which wants to help experts edit the entire internet
Google announced Tuesday that the company is shutting down Freebase, the crowdsourced knowledge base it acquired in 2010 when it bought Metaweb. Freebase is a popular source of information about topics — more than 46 million of them — that can be searched, queried like a database and used to provide information to applications.
According to the Google+ post announcing Freebase’s fate, the project’s information will begin being exported to the Wikidata project by the end of March, and Freebase will be retired by June 30, 2015. Information from Freebase helped feed Google’s fast-growing Knowledge Graph, and Freebase developer APIs will be replaced by a set of Knowledge Graph-powered ones.
“We believe strongly in a robust community-driven effort to collect and curate structured knowledge about the world, but we now think we can serve that goal best by supporting Wikidata — they’re growing fast, have an active community, and are better-suited to lead an open collaborative knowledge base,” the post reads.
The real value of knowledges bases like Wikidata isn’t just the information — which is already available via Wikipedia in many cases — but the structured format it takes and, in the case of Google’s Knowledge graph, the semantic nature of it. Efforts to build smarter search engines, AI systems and even robots need places where their systems can go to learn more about the words they’re seeing or the objects they’re encountering, and they need it in a format they can read.
There are millions of articles on Wikipedia, but less than 6000 contain a video. That’s despite long-running efforts to get more video onto Wikipedia.
Even if you don’t have a desire to read Wikipedia entries on a smartwatch, a new Wikipedia app for Android Wear has a few new ideas about the best way to browse on a tiny screen.
Wikipedia released slick new apps for iOS and Android last week with features that will end up being very useful for first-time smartphone owners in developing nations.
Grasswire’s founder says he launched the crowdsourced breaking-news service because he believes the power of the crowd to generate and curate news is a much stronger force for good than many people — including professional journalists — give it credit for
An increasing number of new-media startups — and even new projects by existing media outlets — are aimed at bringing context, background and analysis to the news instead of just trying to be the first to report something, and that’s a very beneficial development
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has gone into the mobile carrier business, buying a stake in and becoming co-chair of The People’s Operator. TPO, which is little more than a year old, is a community-oriented UK operator that passes 10 percent of customers’ bills and 25 percent of TPO profits to “good causes” (Wired UK has a good interview with Wales that goes into cause selection). The virtual network operator also said said on Monday that it would launch in the U.S. next. “TPO has huge potential for viral growth and the more it grows, the more money will pass to the people and communities that need it,” said Wales.
Wikipedia has traditionally only accepted open media formats. But now it’s considering a change in tune to finally get more video contributions.
A Wikipedia photographer is raising money to create a free online archive of all game hardware.