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When we publicly launched Freebase back in 2007, we thought of it as a "Wikipedia for structured data." So it shouldn't be surprising that we've been closely watching the Wikimedia Foundation's project Wikidata[1] since it launched about two years ago. 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.

So we've decided to help transfer the data in Freebase to Wikidata, and in mid-2015 we’ll wind down the Freebase service as a standalone project. Freebase has also supported developer access to the data, so before we retire it, we’ll launch a new API for entity search powered by Google's Knowledge Graph.

Loading Freebase into Wikidata as-is wouldn't meet the Wikidata community's guidelines for citation and sourcing of facts -- while a significant portion of the facts in Freebase came from Wikipedia itself, those facts were attributed to Wikipedia and not the actual original non-Wikipedia sources. So we’ll be launching a tool for Wikidata community members to match Freebase assertions to potential citations from either Google Search or our Knowledge Vault[2], so these individual facts can then be properly loaded to Wikidata. 

We believe this is the best first step we can take toward becoming a constructive participant in the Wikidata community, but we’ll look to continually evolve our role to support the goal of a comprehensive open database of common knowledge that anyone can use.

Here are the important dates to know:

Before the end of March 2015
- We’ll launch a Wikidata import review tool
- We’ll announce a transition plan for the Freebase Search API & Suggest Widget to a Knowledge Graph-based solution

March 31, 2015
- Freebase as a service will become read-only
- The website will no longer accept edits 
- We’ll retire the MQL write API

June 30, 2015
- We’ll retire the Freebase website and APIs[3]
- The last Freebase data dump will remain available, but developers should check out the Wikidata dump[4]

The Knowledge Graph team at Google

[1] http://wikidata.org
[2] http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~nlao/publication/2014.kdd.pdf
[3] https://developers.google.com/freebase/v1/
[4] http://dumps.wikimedia.org/wikidatawiki/
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Visual Acoustics VIII - Silence and Light - New York City Sunrise

If you want to know how I processed this image, see some detailed outtakes, a bigger version of it and what my philosophy is behind this type of processing then check my blogpost here: http://www.bwvision.com/concept-making-visual-acoustics-vii-silence-light-new-york-city-sunrise/ and for more in depth details I can recommend reading the book From Basics to Fine Art - B&W photography- Architecture and Beyond that you can buy here: http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasicstofineart by me and co-author +Julia Anna Gospodarou 
This is my first photo since 6 months since I've been occupied lately with workshops, mentorships and writing books.This photo was taken in New York City on a very early morning at the Vision Explorers workshop. It's a tilt-shift shot consisting of 3 horizontally shifted images making up for a 3:1 panoramic shot. Each shot taken with the +Formatt-Hitech  IRND filters, totalling 16 stops per image and each image with a long exposure time varying between 4 and 6 minutes. 
Note: this photo reached #1 on Flickr, #2 on 500px.com (despite all the beautiful naked women!) and you will see an interview with me on 1x.com soon.
#longexposurephotography   #blackandwhitefineart   #blackandwhite   #newyorkcity  
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Loving http://sizersoze.org : discover the cost of large, non-responsive images & how much you could be saving
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Structured Data Linter updated

+Gregg Kellogg has just announced (http://bit.ly/12EokwM) a major update to the Structured Data Linter (http://linter.structured-data.org/), including support for schema.org version 1.92 (http://bit.ly/1vWdle1).

A good time to remind you that +Jarno van Driel has made a bookmarklet available for the linter:
http://bit.ly/lintermark

Thanks for the quick and through work Gregg!

Complete message:

I just pushed a major update to the Structured Data Linter [1]. This version addresses some reliability issues by re-implementing the site as a Web Application performing Ajax/JSON requests to the service to actually perform linting. Consequentially, it can also be used by other services as an API as described in the About page [2].

As there are numerous changes, some regression may happen. Please file bugs and enhancement requests on GitHub [3].

This version is also updated with the 1.92 "Venkman" version of schema.org, including all examples from schema.org class pages.

Gregg Kellogg

[1] http://linter.structured-data.org/
[2] http://linter.structured-data.org/about/
[3] https://github.com/structured-data/linter/issues

#structureddatalinter   #linter   #structureddatatools  
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Mars Panorama - NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover selfie: Martian night
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We've just posted an update to the schema.org site, focussing on improved examples. Our last update introduced a new property called workPerformed which relates an Event to a CreativeWork performed at the event. Today's impro...
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Piaget's theory of cognitive development

These adorable children undergoing this psychological testing aren’t quite in the “Concrete Operational” stage yet.

Piaget's theory of cognitive development: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piaget%27s_theory_of_cognitive_development
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Why Google Is Better Than Bing

I've seen a few of these types of photos making the rounds lately.. and I have to agree... Google generally finds anything I've ever tried to look up ever in the first page .. if not the first few or so of results... 

Bing? It a whole big mess of messes every time I've stumbled upon it. The hate smear campaigns from microsoft also help me firmly keep my searches Google side.

What Search engine do you use? :) 

#searchengine   #technology   #bing  
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