Creating an Internet of Entities

A session at SXSW Interactive 2012

Tuesday 13th March, 2012

11:00am to 12:00pm (CST)

The Internet today consists of a morass of partial and redundant content: the ~17m businesses and POI in the US, for example, are duplicated over 1.2 billion website across over 5 million domains. This tangle of duplicate, fragmentary, and often incorrect information ensures that unequivocally identifying a person, place or thing on the Internet will always be a challenge. The members of this panel are working to fix this, and will discuss their projects in the Library, Government, and Big Data sectors to create an Internet where real-world people, places, and things can be referenced unambiguously. It focuses on pragmatic, real-world examples: the panelists from Factual, the Sunlight Foundation, Jetpac, and the Internet Archive each highlight their specific experiences in creating platforms and apps that identify and disambiguate individual entities across applications and verticals, and describe both the pitfalls and benefits of working towards an Internet of Entities.

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Pete Warden

CTO, Jetpak Inc

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Drew Vogel

Software Developer, Sunlight Foundation

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George Oates

Art Director, Stamen Design

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Tyler Bell

Dir of Prod, Factual Inc

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  • Grant Nestor
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  • Ben Cerveny
  • Pete Warden
  • Sands Fish
  • George Oates
  • thisisaaronland
  • Tyler Bell
  • Mikael Zackrisson

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Time 11:00am12:00pm CST

Date Tue 13th March 2012


Creekside I & II, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

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