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Working on OrgPedia

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment

This semester I’m helping Xian Li with the OrgPedia organizational transparency project. I’m working on adding semantic information to the site’s person pages, pulling data various open data stores. I’ve so far been trying to get RDF data from Freebase, so that we can then parse it and figure out what sort of information we want to present, as some of the data available is superflous. I haven’t worked very extensively in PHP before, so I’ve been experimenting with the cURL library, which allows users to connect to servers with various protocols. Using cURL I can connect to Freebase and request RDF+XML data as opposed to standard HMTL that the site would normally return.

The OrgPedia project has been really interesting so far and I look forward to working on it more.

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