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