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Introduction to Factual API

  • Jan 13, 2010 · 7:00 PM
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This will be a joint meetup with our sister The Los Angeles PHP Developers Meetup Group meetup group introducing the new platform for sharing structured data, developed by Factual. Bill Michels, the VP of Developer Platform at Factual, and his team of engineers will give an overview of Factual API, as well as their soon to be releases Javascript widget API. Plenty of Factual engineers will be there to answer your questions - don't be shy. Factual allows web developers share and mash open data on any subject. For example, you might find a
directory of California restaurants,
a database of endocrinologists, or
a list of American Idol finalists. It provides smart tools to help the community build and maintain a trusted source of structured data. And this data can be used through widgets and APIs to help application developers and content publishers be more innovative and productive. Details: - We'll be providing the necessary pizza, refreshments, and general goodness. - We'll make sure wifi is working and there are adapters aplenty. - Entrance is on Sepulveda Blvd from the building lobby. We'll be in the conference room on the second floor. Someone at the front desk can point you in the right direction. - Parking will be on the street, but there should be good options on Sepulveda, Pontius and Massachusetts. About Factual: Factual was founded to provide open access to better structured data. Open data will empower developers to build more innovative apps, publishers to access more high-quality content, and people everywhere to make better decisions. We're an energetic team team of former Googlers, Yahoos, LinkedIn's and more, excited about opening up access to all sorts of structured data and powering a wave of innovation. If you want to learn more about Factual ( here are some articles on our launch:
www.techcrunch... About Presenter: Bill Michels is VP of Developer Platform at Factual, where he manages product and business aspects of Factual's APIs. Prior to Factual Bill worked at Yahoo for almost 6 years in a variety of positions, the most recent of which was GM of Yahoo's open search platform BOSS. Bill has a BA from Colby College and MBA from Columbia Business School. In addition to Bill, several other Factual engineers will be presenting.

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  • Susan K.

    Thanks to the folks of Factual for your candor. I now have a better grasp of Factual vs. Wolfram Alpha vs. Freebase. Lots to consider when deciding where to get your open data from.

    January 14, 2010

  • HQTran

    This was a great meetup, good location, easy to get parking. The host company Factual is very generous. The presentation was interesting and on topic. Some really great questions from the attendees. Good job!

    January 13, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Factual is working hard to provide a fully functional tool set for developers and users. They are very open to suggestions and I have not doubt they will successfully launch their API soon.

    While this meeting focused on the visualization of their data sets, I would like to see another meet up focusing on defining, population and normalization of data sets. This will be critical to the successfully creating a new data set and mash ups. Also to discuss any taxonomies and ontologies used and or suggested. Also any data mining and entity extraction tools available.

    January 13, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed this informative discussion /presentation

    January 13, 2010

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