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How to build a base -- a social database of structured information about things you know and love -- using Freebase.com

How to build a base -- a social database of structured information about things you know and love -- using Freebase.com

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    • Build a Base
    • What is a base? • Structured data • Constrained subject • Attractive presentation • Community
    • Structured data • 5 million topics • topics have types • types provide properties
    • Topics Single entities Concrete or abstract Non-transitory
    • Types: Arnie is a... • Politician • Film producer • Film actor • Award winner • Body-builder • Celebrity
    • San Francisco is a... • City • Filming location • Travel destination • Book subject • Governmental jurisdiction
    • Types have properties • Properties of Person • date of birth, place of birth, profession... • Properties of Country • capital, form of government, currency... • Properties of Film • release date, director, performances...
    • Common Types • Freebase Commons • Commonly-used types • Broad areas of interest • Too big to handle! • 900k People, 60k Companies...
    • Bases are constrained • Constrained subject of interest • Small enough to collect everything • Something you love!
    • Structured data about something you love Type = written work Author = Edgar Allen Poe Type = film, adaptation Author of adapted work = Poe
    • Making a base
    • Name your base
    • Your new base
    • Customize appearance
    • Add data
    • Add data
    • Related topics
    • Data added!
    • Also on your homepage Invite friends to join your base Base newsfeed Web links and help topics Community discussion board
    • Featured views
    • Add more views
    • Rename views
    • Customize your views
    • Edit view
    • Edit view • Add/remove columns • Sort by any column • Choose table, gallery, timeline, or map
    • Gallery view
    • Map view
    • Timeline view
    • Incomplete data
    • Incomplete data
    • Incomplete data Click edit to add data for any property
    • Missing topics
    • Importing a list
    • Reconciling your list
    • When you add topics... • Match with existing Freebase topic • or create new Freebase topic • make assertions • type = Film • subject = Vietnam War • Data becomes part of Freebase Commons
    • New views from scratch • Start on Explore page • Find relevant types in Freebase • Edit view • Save it to your base
    • Start exploring
    • Freebase Commons
    • Start with a type
    • Edit view • Add column: Participated in conflicts • Limit to: Vietnam War • Remove extraneous columns • Display as: Gallery
    • Save the view to your base
    • Advanced filtering • Combine multiple filters • Drill down deep • Connect across types
    • Non-US People
    • Characters from Vietnam War movies
    • Recipients of the Medal of Honor
    • Adding more Look how many assertions we get when someone adds a topic to this view!
    • Making your own types • When there is no Commons type • When you need extra properties • When you are building something that’s never been done before
    • Name your type • Singular noun • “X is a Y”
    • Edit your schema
    • Include Commons types
    • Add properties
    • Expected types Choose “Link to Topic” Select a type to connect to
    • Your new type
    • Fill in more data
    • Linked topics are auto-typed
    • Other things to do • Add images and descriptions • Create “data mob” views • Invite your friends • Share your views
    • Adding images
    • Data mobs
    • Data mobs
    • Invite friends
    • Share your views
    • Share via social bookmarking
    • Now, build your base • Choose a subject • Click “Make a base” on Freebase.com • Add data, create views, customize...
    • Stay in touch! Let us know how your base- building is going! • Email: kirrily@metaweb.com • Twitter: @fbase • blog.freebase.com