Monday, 19 July 2010

Google announces acquisition of Metaweb

Google has announced that it has acquired Metaweb, a company that maintains "an open database of things in the world". Central to Metaweb's products is Freebase, a free and open database of over 12 million items, including movies, books, TV shows, celebrities, locations, companies and more. Google plans to use this content to improve search beyond words by an understanding of the relationships between real-world entities that can help to deliver relevant information more quickly.

With features like rich snippets and the search answers feature, Google says that they are still just beginning to apply an understanding of the web to make search better. By using the technology developed by Metaweb, Google wants to make search more effective by developing semantic search which will be able to provide better answers.

Google says that they want to maintain Freebase as a free and open database, as well as further develop this tool with the Metaweb team to make it a richer online resource that will also benefit from third-party developers using the open source platform to improve the service.

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