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I'm a bit late hearing about this news, but glad to see momentum building for Wikidata!
 
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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According to Pew Research I'm an "Information Omnivore" along with 20% of the public.  What are you?
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Everyone's kids and kids at heart rejoice... Free Frozen soundtrack from Google Play Music. #freemusic
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Eight years of the Sunlight Foundation working to make government more transparent and empowering citizens.  Walk through their impact as milestones on a timeline. #transparency   #opengovernment  
We've come a long way, baby! Relive seven years of open government through our chronology of major community milestones.
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Humor for the scientists... goodnight.
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Excellent read and many parallels on general societal development and interaction with change.
 
Worth reading for a particular viewpoint on the fear of technological progress in Europe/Germany:

http://www.zeit.de/kultur/2014-11/jeff-jarvis-eurotechnopanic-google-germany-english-edition/seite-2

This pgraph was interesting:
"The publishers have succeeded in humiliating themselves.
Their battle reached a crescendo of absurdity as (1) a Leistungsschutzrecht was written to forbid Google et al from quoting snippets of publishers’ content; (2) the legislation was amended to allow snippets; (3) publishers sued Google anyway for using snippets, demanding 11 percent of Google's related revenue; (4) Google said it would stop using snippets from the litigious publishers; (5) those publishers accused Google of blackmailing them for taking down the snippets the publishers were themselves using to blackmail Google; (6) government officials laughed the publishers out of the cartel office; (7) most of the publishers capitulated because they need traffic from Google; (8) Springer pulled permission to publish snippets from Die Welt and three minor sites but not from its superbrand, Bild; and (9) Springer itself capitulated after confessing it lost too much traffic from Google and arguing this demonstrated Google’s crushing market power. The publishers have succeeded in humiliating themselves, their industry, and their nation."
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Hmm, next if they can do this with photons... "Please state the nature of the medical emergency!" Hello Doctor. ;) #holograms #science
 
Researchers use sound waves to create a hologram you can "touch." http://boingboing.net/2014/12/04/holograms-you-can-touch-via-s.html
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The +Electronic Frontier Foundation has raised some interesting points about the Apple Developer Agreement and created this petition encouraging Apple to improve the agreement terms for developers.  The EFF released an app for Android recently, but weren't able to agree to Apple's developers terms thus were unable to create the same app for Apple's products.  What are your thoughts on the petition and the terms?

The EFF Deep Link Blog post on this for further reading: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/12/sorry-iphone-users-apples-dev-agreement-means-no-eff-mobile-app-iphone
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CATS in Space tomorrow via SpaceX... don't miss it. NASA has the best stuff,  #iflscience  
“@SpaceX to launch CATS into space. Meow to measure atmospheric aerosols & clouds from #ISS: http://t.co/MjOH9M0E4E”
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Should be a great panel on crowdfunding science. Don't miss it!
 
Scientists! Interested in crowdfunding for your research? This panel discussion is for you. Hosted by SciFund Challenge, this panel will feature scientists who have succeeded at crowdfunding, researchers who are studying the field, and even a founder of a science crowdfunding site. Here are the panelists:
Dr. Jarrett Byrnes, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Zen Faulkes, University of Texas Pan-American
Dr. Amelia Green, Drexel University
Dr. Ethan Perlstein, PerlsteinLab
David Shiffman, University of Miami
Dr. Barbara Walker, University of California Santa Barbara
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Stumbled across a video of a song I saw performed live as a kid... Fashback moments. Enjoy a bit of my childhood. #joescruggs
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Join me in becoming a foundation of genetic research by donating a little blood. This will be used to sequence the DNA and place it in the public domain for all researchers to build their research upon.  

You can enhance that data with your health history over your lifetime creating ever more valuable datasets. This is a huge undertaking with potential for massive returns in improving the understanding of humans, creating therapeutic treatments, and curing diseases. This is an international effort lead by an outstanding team with thorough Institutional Review at Harvard.

There is a basic comprehension of the risks and rights before you can join. If you pass the comprehension of participating in this experiment and will/can be near San Diego or St Louis this month sign up, take the surveys, and mark your interest for one of these locations to donate.

Will you step up and donate for our future? 

  #dnasequencing   #publicdomain   #iflscience  
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    Information Studies - PhD, 2015 - present
  • University of Michigan School of Information
    Masters of Science in Information - Social Computing, 2010 - 2012
    I attended graduate school at the University of Michigan for a Master of Science in Information and specialized in Social Computing and dabbled in Human Computer Interaction. My courses covered usability testing and research, recommender and reputation systems, ecommunities, game theory, and social conscious business design (Ross Business School cognate course).
  • Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences
    Bachelors of Science in Media and Communication Technology with a specialization in Information Technology, 2005 - 2010
    I graduated in May 2010 with a B.S. in Media and Communication Technology with an Information Technology Specialization at Michigan State University. The focus of my degree was Social Computing, Information Technology Projects, and Telecommunication Systems. The business courses included accounting and supply chain management. The telecom courses included project design, management, proposal and project development, and study of the various levels of Internet infrastructure and operations. All of these on top of the core courses for undergraduates and some engineering courses where I started my college career.
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I am a netizen and Eagle Scout who loves to make a difference in the world and champion user's rights.  Social good is core to my life. I focusing the majority of my efforts through the nonprofit GridRepublic.

You might think all I do is make accounts on new websites as seen by the extensive list of accounts on the right, but really I use most of these to study the behaviors within them to help me to better understand interactions, behaviors, and breakdowns in online communities.

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I conduct user experience evaluations and research on the XSEDE supercomputing grid metrics interface which is the successor to the Teragrid.  I am ensuring everyone can get what they need from the system and make the experience as intuitive as possible.  For more on XSEDE watch the video highlight.

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My goal is to work on projects that scale for social good.  My main interests are citizen science and volunteer computing.  I want to increase the efficiency of our world by harnessing underutilized resources for productive measures.  

My citizen science interest is in the abilities of mobilizing people to reconnect with the world around them and participate in research projects by helping to analyze, collect, and interpret the data and develop the hypothesis that currently is not possible in a reasonable time frame with current methods.

Similarly with volunteer computing I want to harness the computational resources available all around us. Why buy a computer, tv, phone, etc just to let its processing abilities go to waste when you are not actively using it.  People could let these devices process small parts of information for a cause they care about such as curing a disease or searching for cleaner fuels.

GridRepublic promotes, simplifies use of, and distributes a program for computers which harnesses spare processing power (number crunching) of computers to tackle challenging problems from scientists and other processing projects that the computer owner chooses to support.  

The projects come from universities and researchers from around the world. GridRepublic is powered by BOINC a software developed at the University of California Berkeley and funded by the National Science Foundation

Visit the GridRepublic website, GridRepublic Google+ page, the Progress Thru Processors app or the Gridrepublic page on Facebook to see more.

For a easy way to share GridRepublic with friends and colleges share the one page description pdf.  This pdf can also be found on the advocacy page in the GridRepublic community.

I like #scifi, #technology, and #sustainability... these are the circles I best fit into.

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    Strategic Advisor, 2013 - present
    Advise on business and social design. Co-develop the information architecture, assess usability usability, improve semantic design and SEO. Co-administer the IT infrastructure and site development. Additional consulting and responsibilities as they arise.
  • University of Michigan
    Post Masters Researcher, 2012 - present
    Working in the School of Information under supervision of Tom Finholt. Exploring the usability and user experience of the XSEDE supercomputing metrics tool XDMoD.
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    User Experience Designer Intern, 2011 - 2011
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    Week long internship assisting in website usability analysis, social media strategy development, patron interview and surveys, and designing complex survey logic for future evaluations.
  • University of Michigan
    SI 631/634 Grader, 2012 - 2012
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