Autonomously semantifying wikipedia

Fei Wu, Daniel S. Weld
2007 Proceedings of the sixteenth ACM conference on Conference on information and knowledge management - CIKM '07  
Berners-Lee's compelling vision of a Semantic Web is hindered by a chicken-and-egg problem, which can be best solved by a bootstrapping method -creating enough structured data to motivate the development of applications. This paper argues that autonomously "Semantifying Wikipedia" is the best way to solve the problem. We choose Wikipedia as an initial data source, because it is comprehensive, not too large, high-quality, and contains enough manuallyderived structure to bootstrap an autonomous,
more » ... elf-supervised process. We identify several types of structures which can be automatically enhanced in Wikipedia (e.g., link structure, taxonomic data, infoboxes, etc.), and we describe a prototype implementation of a self-supervised, machine learning system which realizes our vision. Preliminary experiments demonstrate the high precision of our system's extracted data -in one case equaling that of humans.
doi:10.1145/1321440.1321449 dblp:conf/cikm/WuW07 fatcat:sqw6noesufhgletzdzz76bak34