The new year is slowly approaching and people start compiling their top x lists of 2009, with x usually ranging between 10 and 365. 😉
The popular Web technology blog ReadWriteWeb has chosen x with value 10 and picked DBpedia as one of their top Semantic Web products of 2009. Its actually the only non-commercial community project in the list and in good company with products such as Google’s Search Options and Rich Snippets, Apperture and Data.gov. Other picks, which btw. heavily use or link to DBpedia, include OpenCalais, Freebase, BBC Music and Zemanta.
Read the full article at http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/top_10_semantic_web_products_of_2009.php
DBpedia exposes semantics extracted from one of the largest information sources on the Web. But one of the nice things about the Web is the variety and wealth of content (including your Blog, Wiki, CMS or other WebApp). In order to make this large variety of small Websites better mashable and bring them on the Semantic Web the makers of DBpedia released technologies, which dramatically simplify the “semantification” of your Websites. Please check out Triplify (a generic plugin for Webapps with preconfigurations for Drupal, WordPress, WackoWiki), D2RQ (a Java software for mapping and serving relational DB content for the Semantic Web) and Virtuoso (a comprehensive DB, knowledge store infrastructure).
Christian Becker (Freie Universität Berlin) has implemented a wrapper around flickr which generates photo collections depicting DBpedia concepts. See flickr wrappr for details. We have interlinked all DBpedia concepts with the corresponding photo collections. You can now use any Semantic Web browser to navigate from a DBpedia concept to flickr photos depicting it by following the dbpedia:hasPictureCollection property. This means an additional 30-50 million photos are accessible through DBpedia.
For example, click on the URIs below or paste them into your Semantic Web browser:
Photos depicting Brandenburg Gate: http://www4.wiwiss.fu-berlin.de/flickrwrappr/photos/Brandenburg_Gate
DBpedia URI for Brandenburg Gate : http://dbpedia.org/resource/Brandenburg_Gate
All DBpedia URIs are now dereferencable meaning that you can browse the DBpedia dataset with Semantic Web browsers like Disco or Tabulator.