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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