When Stefano Mazzocchi saw my posts on webscale identiers[1, 2] he pointed me to some recent work he and others have been doing at Metaweb. At ids.freebaseapps.com you can find sets of different web identifiers that refer to the same things. So, for example:
Each of these views collects identifiers from different sources. For Apple Inc. they include:
Open Library: openlibrary.org/a/OL2669993A/Inc._Apple_Computer
On this week’s Innovators show Stefano joins me to discuss efforts underway at Metaweb to reconcile many different web naming systems and activate connections among them.
Meanwhile my recent guest Kingsley Idehen is demonstrating a similar kind of name reconciliation at bbc.openlinksw.com. At this URL, for example, you can see canonical identifers for Michael Jackson from the BBC’s own namespace and others including DBpedia and OpenCyc.
I’m not quite sure what to make of all this. But my spidey sense is telling me to pay attention, so I am.