[FoRK] base is out...

mattj at newsblip.com mattj
Wed Nov 16 10:28:52 PST 2005

Pretty interesting, for a number of reasons.  One quick take is that it's an
effort to build a Semantic Web through folksonomies, rather than structured
ontology.  (Which is more and more what I favor; the Web itself only succeeded
because it was so loosey-goosey.)

-Matt Jensen

Quoting Rohit Khare <khare at alumni.caltech.edu>:

> Supports Atom uploads, if not microformats.
> schemas:
>> Text
>> Author: Joe Smith
>> Number-unit
>> Memory: 2 gigabytes
>> Number
>> Bedrooms: 2
>> Date range
>> Birthday: 5/14/1965
>> Large text
>> Directions: Turn right at Main Street, ...
>> Web URL
>> Home page: http://www.google.com
>> Checkbox
>> Parking space included?
>> Item Location
>> 1 Main Street, Anytown, USA
> see
> http://base.google.com/base/search? a_n506=vehicles&a_y506=0&a_s506=0&a_r=1
> What is Google Base? - Quick Facts - Screenshots - FAQ
> What is Google Base?
> Google Base is a place where you can easily submit all types of  
> online and offline content that we'll host and make searchable  
> online. You can describe any item you post with attributes, which  
> will help people find it when they search Google Base. In fact, based 
>  on the relevance of your items, they may also be included in the 
> main  Google search index and other Google products like Froogle, 
> Google  Base and Google Local.
> Quick Facts about Google Base
> Cost: Free
> Item types accepted: All types of online and offline information and  images
> Languages: You can submit your information in many languages; the  
> Google Base interface, however, including the Help Content, is  
> currently available only in English, English UK and German.
> Reach: Items you submit to Google Base can be found on Google Base  
> and, depending on their relevance, may also appear on Google  
> properties like Google, Froogle and Google Local.
> How it's different: Google Base enables you to add attributes that  
> better describe your content so that users can easily find it. The  
> more popular specific attributes become, the more often we'll suggest 
>  them when others post the same items. Similarly, items that become  
> more popular will show up as suggested item types in the Choose an  
> existing item type drop down menu.
> Screenshots

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