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Thomas Steiner
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Dad-of-three, Googler, PhD Student at UPC.edu, Semantic Web & Linked Data, Multimedia Semantics Researcher, REST, HTML5, Web-a-better-place-maker, Blogger
Dad-of-three, Googler, PhD Student at UPC.edu, Semantic Web & Linked Data, Multimedia Semantics Researcher, REST, HTML5, Web-a-better-place-maker, Blogger

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I have attended the World Wide Web conference (#WWW2016) in Montréal, Canada, and wanted to share my learnings in form of a trip report. You can read it online on my blog at http://blog.tomayac.com/2016/04/22/world-wide-web-conference-www2016-trip-report-004735 with fancy embedded tweets and slides and stuff… 🍌
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From Freebase to Wikidata: The Great Migration

This paper by Thomas Tanon, +Denny Vrandečić, +Sebastian Schaffert, +Thomas Steiner (all from Google) and +Lydia Pintscher (Wikimedia), describes the processes and tools used to effect the migration of Freebase to Wikidata, and the challenges and insights that have been encountered on the way.

http://static.googleusercontent.com/media/research.google.com/en//pubs/archive/44818.pdf

"The two major collaborative knowledge bases are Wikimedia’s Wikidata and Google’s Freebase. Due to the success of Wikidata, Google decided in 2014 to offer the content of Freebase to the Wikidata community. In this paper, we report on the ongoing transfer efforts and data mapping challenges, and provide an analysis of the effort so far. We describe the Primary Sources Tool, which aims to facilitate this and future data migrations. Throughout the migration, we have gained deep insights into both Wikidata and Freebase, and share and discuss detailed statistics on both knowledge bases."

While much of this may be too technical for some, I do recommend everyone reads at least the first couple of pages, as in them one will find extremely concise and useful descriptions of Freebase, Wikidata, and the rationale for migrating from the former to the latter.

#freebase #wikidata #knowledgebases


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I've been playing with this new plug-in for Google Sheets, created by Thomas Steiner of Google.  Seems like it could be useful if trying to identify "SameAs" values.  You can even see how many pages views Wikipedia topics get.

More about the tool here: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1602.02506v1.pdf

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Thanks for organizing an amazing Google Developer Group #DevFest +Marco Pöhler and friends. Appreciate the late-arrival custom badge :-)
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Chrome OS is here to stay says http://chrome.blogspot.com/2015/11/chrome-os-is-here-to-stay.html. "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."—Mark Twain

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To improve German↔Arabic translations, we're still looking for volunteers to help out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rcs7dxGkEDc #RefugeesWelcome Danke! شكرا

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If you speak [German] and [Arabic or Farsi], you can help make Google Translate better for refugees and helpers. Thanks! https://translate.google.com/about/intl/de_ALL/helptranslate.html

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Here's my ‪#‎WWW2015‬ trip report:

http://blog.tomayac.com/index.php?date=2015-06-01&time=14%3A42%3A22&perma=World+Wide+Web+Confe.html

Papers, observations, bananas… 
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