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Remixing Culture with RDF: Running a Semantic Web Search in the Wild
Matthew Haughey, Creative Director, Creative Commons
Mike Linksvayer, CTO, Creative Commons

Date: Wednesday, March 16
Time: 2:35pm - 3:20pm
Location: California Ballroom C

Talk about the Semantic Web is almost as old as the Web itself, but few applications exist to demonstrate its benefits. In the fall of 2002, the Creative Commons began issuing licenses for creative works, but also embraced a bold strategy: every license posted online would contain a rich summary in RDF, embedded within HTML.

After embedding RDF information in millions of web pages over the past couple years, Creative Commons and the folks at Nutch have created a search engine that stores, reads, and indexes the embedded information. The search engine is one of the first public examples of the Semantic Web in action, alllowing anyone to remix culture freely and legally.

In this talk, we'll discuss the decisions that lead up to the RDF format chosen, how deployment was done, and how using the open source search engine project Nutch allowed us to search all records, based on stored RDF.

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