Web 2.0 is fully upon us. But many are asking, What’s next? The New York Times might have an answer: In a prelude of things to come, the Times has released an interesting semantic web experiment called Longitude.
Using the publisher’s large store of metadata as well as Linked Data, Longitude provides a geographical interface to access Times news content. For example, if you’re looking for stories from Germany in the last 24 hours, the tool gives you a geographical representation (okay, a map) of the area and 10 recent stories relating to that location. Click on the displayed T (for Times) pin on the map and you will also get additional data: a “Natives” tab gives you a list of ten locally born people, for example.
Longitude is the first graduate of The Times’ Beta620 experiment.
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