Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Google Goes Semantic?

If this is true and if it holds, this is hot stuff:

Google appears to be exposing semantic data in its searches. The concepts of semantic forms and semantic data is one that is close to the core of what Lowville Long Ago is all about. A wiki should be more than just looking up articles - it should be a highly advanced way of organizing and managing data and rendering results.

It appears that Google is taking its usual search results and then parsing out the semantic data. Example: enter What was Karl's Marx's Birthdate in the search field and this is what you get:

Sweet, no? According to a post on Read, Write, Web, it appears that Google may have been performing this function for quite while but there have been recent refinements to results when you use a "subject - predicate - object" format for your searches.

Many web and tech gurus are predicting that semantic data is a core component of Web 3.0 and I agree. I also believe that this is where genealogy database software and websites will need to go: allowing users more than just looking up data. These applications and sites will need to offer the ability to see relationships between data, between people.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

One Place Study

Hal Harold Miller made reference to Wikipedia's "One Place Study" article over at Facebook and after reading Hal's post and the Wikipedia article, I realized that Lowville Long Ago qualifies as an American version of a One Place Study.

In case you don't know, I've been assisting Hal and the great group of people he's put together with the Albany Hilltowns website.  Plus Hal's already been managing The Berne Historical Project which actually shows up as an external link for the Wikipedia article.  Both of these projects also meet the criteria of a One Place Study.

One topic that the Wikipedia article did not cover was that of "relationships" between the residents of a specific location.  Wikipedia did list various motivations to have a One Place Study assembled but investigating the way in which the citizens of that location interacted was not one of them.