after quite some work into improving the DBpedia information
extraction framework, we have released a new version of the DBpedia
DBpedia is a community effort to extract structured information from
Wikipedia and to make this information available on the Web. DBpedia
allows you to ask sophisticated queries against Wikipedia and to link
other datasets on the Web to Wikipedia data.
The DBpedia dataset describes 1,950,000 "things", including at least
80,000 persons, 70,000 places, 35,000 music albums, 12,000 films. It
contains 657,000 links to images, 1,600,000 links to relevant external
web pages and 440,000 external links into other RDF datasets.
Altogether, the DBpedia dataset consists of around 103 million RDF
The Dataset has been extracted from the July 2007 Wikipedia dumps of
English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish,
Swedish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Finnish and Norwegian
versions of Wikipedia. It contains descriptions in all these
Compared to the last version, we did the following:
1. Improved the Data Quality
We increased the quality of the data, be improving the DBpedia
information extraction algorithms. So if you have decided that the old
version of the dataset was too dirty for your application, please look
again, you will be surprised :-)
2. Third Classification Schema Added
We have added a third classification schema to the dataset. Beside of
the Wikipedia categorization and the YAGO classification, concepts are
now also classified by associating them to WordNet synsets.
The dataset contains geo-coordinates for for geographic locations.
Geo-coordinates are expressed using the W3C Basic Geo Vocabulary. This
enables location-based SPARQL queries.
4. RDF Links to other Open Datasets
We interlinked DBpedia with further open datasets and ontologies. The
dataset now contains 440 000 external RDF links into the Geonames,
Musicbrainz, WordNet, World Factbook, EuroStat, Book Mashup, DBLP
Bibliography and Project Gutenberg datasets. Altogether, the network
of interlinked datasources around DBpedia currently amounts to around
2 billion RDF triples which are accessible as Linked Data on the Web.
The DBpedia dataset is licensed under the terms GNU Free Documentation
License. The dataset can be accessed online via a SPARQL endpoint and
as Linked Data. It can also be downloaded in the form of RDF dumps.
Please refer to the DBpedia webpage for more information about the
dataset and its use cases:
Many thanks for their excellent work to:
1. Georgi Kobilarov (Freie Universität Berlin) who redesigned and
improved the extraction framework and implemented many of the
2. Piet Hensel (Freie Universität Berlin) who improved the infobox
extraction code, wrote the unit test suite.
3. Richard Cyganiak (Freie Universität Berlin) for his advice on
redesigning the architecture of the extraction framework and for
helping to solve many annoying Unicode and URI problems.
4. Zdravko Tashev (OpenLink Software) for his patience to try several
times to import buggy versions of the dataset into Virtuoso.
5. OpenLink Software altogether for providing the server that hosts
the DBpedia SPARQL endpoint.
6. Sören Auer, Jens Lehmann and Jörg Schüppel (Universität Leipzig)
for the original version of the infobox extraction code.
7. Tom Heath and Peter Coetzee (Open University) for the RDFS version
of the YAGO class hirarchy.
8. Fabian M. Suchanek, Gjergji Kasneci (Max-Plank-Institut
Saarbrücken) for allowing us to integrate the YAGO classification.
9. Christian Becker (Freie Universität Berlin) for writing the
geo-coordinates and the homepage extractor.
10. Ivan Herman, Tim Berners-Lee, Rich Knopman and many others for
their bug reports.
Have fun exploring the new dataset :-)
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