For more than 150 years, The New York Times has meticulously indexed its archives. Through this process, we have developed an enormous collectionof subject headings, ranging from “Absinthe” to “Zoos”.
Unfortunately, our list of subject headings is an island. For example, even though we can show you every article written about “Colbert, Stephen ,” our databases can’t tell you that he was born on May 13, 1964, or that helost the 2008 Grammy for best spoken word album toAl Gore. To do this we would need to map our subject headings onto other Web databases such asFreebase andDBPedia.
So that’s exactly what we did.
Over the last several months we have manually mapped more than 5,000 person name subject headings onto Freebase and DBPedia. And today we are pleased to announce the launch ofhttp://data.nytimes.com and the release of these 5,000 person name subject headings asLinked Open Data.