Thursday, January 14, 2010

NYT Subject Headings

The NYT has released another 5,000 subject headings. The nice thing is they are part of the semantic web.
Today we’re pleased to announce the addition of approximately 5,000 new subject headings to These subjects include organizations, publicly traded companies and geographic identifiers, ranging from Apple Inc to Kansas to Williams College. Like the 5,000 person-name subject headings released last October, we have mapped our latest crop of subject headings to DBpedia, Freebase and — in the case of our geographic subject headings — GeoNames.

So why are we so excited about this?

With the addition of organizations, publicly traded companies and geographic identifiers to, you can now quickly build the kind of complex data-driven applications that used to take weeks to develop. Want to see all the articles about folks from your hometown? Or alumni from your alma mater? Or all the articles that discuss retired politicians who now serve on the board of publicly traded companies? Just take our linked open data; mix in some Freebase, DBpedia and GeoNames; pop it all into your favorite Web framework and let the world know about your application.

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