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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
 • ca...
Common Types

• Freebase Commons
• Commonly-used types
• Broad areas of interest
• Too big to handle!
 • 900k People, 60k ...
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



          Ty...
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

...
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 = Fil...
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
            ...
Making your own types
•   When there is no
    Commons type

•   When you need extra
    properties

•   When you are buil...
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:...
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  1. 1. Build a Base
  2. 2. What is a base? • Structured data • Constrained subject • Attractive presentation • Community
  3. 3. Structured data • 5 million topics • topics have types • types provide properties
  4. 4. Topics Single entities Concrete or abstract Non-transitory
  5. 5. Types: Arnie is a... • Politician • Film producer • Film actor • Award winner • Body-builder • Celebrity
  6. 6. San Francisco is a... • City • Filming location • Travel destination • Book subject • Governmental jurisdiction
  7. 7. 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...
  8. 8. Common Types • Freebase Commons • Commonly-used types • Broad areas of interest • Too big to handle! • 900k People, 60k Companies...
  9. 9. Bases are constrained • Constrained subject of interest • Small enough to collect everything • Something you love!
  10. 10. Structured data about something you love Type = written work Author = Edgar Allen Poe Type = film, adaptation Author of adapted work = Poe
  11. 11. Making a base
  12. 12. Name your base
  13. 13. Your new base
  14. 14. Customize appearance
  15. 15. Add data
  16. 16. Add data
  17. 17. Related topics
  18. 18. Data added!
  19. 19. Also on your homepage Invite friends to join your base Base newsfeed Web links and help topics Community discussion board
  20. 20. Featured views
  21. 21. Add more views
  22. 22. Rename views
  23. 23. Customize your views
  24. 24. Edit view
  25. 25. Edit view • Add/remove columns • Sort by any column • Choose table, gallery, timeline, or map
  26. 26. Gallery view
  27. 27. Map view
  28. 28. Timeline view
  29. 29. Incomplete data
  30. 30. Incomplete data
  31. 31. Incomplete data Click edit to add data for any property
  32. 32. Missing topics
  33. 33. Importing a list
  34. 34. Reconciling your list
  35. 35. 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
  36. 36. New views from scratch • Start on Explore page • Find relevant types in Freebase • Edit view • Save it to your base
  37. 37. Start exploring
  38. 38. Freebase Commons
  39. 39. Start with a type
  40. 40. Edit view • Add column: Participated in conflicts • Limit to: Vietnam War • Remove extraneous columns • Display as: Gallery
  41. 41. Save the view to your base
  42. 42. Advanced filtering • Combine multiple filters • Drill down deep • Connect across types
  43. 43. Non-US People
  44. 44. Characters from Vietnam War movies
  45. 45. Recipients of the Medal of Honor
  46. 46. Adding more Look how many assertions we get when someone adds a topic to this view!
  47. 47. 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
  48. 48. Name your type • Singular noun • “X is a Y”
  49. 49. Edit your schema
  50. 50. Include Commons types
  51. 51. Add properties
  52. 52. Expected types Choose “Link to Topic” Select a type to connect to
  53. 53. Your new type
  54. 54. Fill in more data
  55. 55. Linked topics are auto-typed
  56. 56. Other things to do • Add images and descriptions • Create “data mob” views • Invite your friends • Share your views
  57. 57. Adding images
  58. 58. Data mobs
  59. 59. Data mobs
  60. 60. Invite friends
  61. 61. Share your views
  62. 62. Share via social bookmarking
  63. 63. Now, build your base • Choose a subject • Click “Make a base” on Freebase.com • Add data, create views, customize...
  64. 64. Stay in touch! Let us know how your base- building is going! • Email: kirrily@metaweb.com • Twitter: @fbase • blog.freebase.com
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