Is Google Going to Marry their Knowledge Base with their Search Engine?

Google has been answering queries with its search engine for over 15 years, and has been showing us it can answer questions with facts from its Browsable Fact Repository and/or the Google Knowledge Graph. Might Google at some point bring the two together? To a degree, Google has been merging some results, showing a set … Read more Is Google Going to Marry their Knowledge Base with their Search Engine?

What Ranking Signal is Better, HTTPS or FOAF markup, when Searcher and Searched Author are Connected?

Recently, Google announced that they would be ranking pages higher in search results when those pages use a secure protocol of https. The Google Webmaster Central blog told us so through Google Webmaster Trends Analysts Zineb Ait Bahajji and Gary Illyes, in HTTPS as a ranking signal. The use of https doesn’t necessarily make a … Read more What Ranking Signal is Better, HTTPS or FOAF markup, when Searcher and Searched Author are Connected?

Has Google Decided you Create Authoritative Content for a Query?

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How might Google decide upon Who Creates Authoritative Content? At Google and Bing, both search engines have been experimenting with relevance and search. Both have shown profile photographs of people whom you may be connected to at places such as Google+ (for Google) and at Facebook (For Bing) in search results that include them. Both … Read more Has Google Decided you Create Authoritative Content for a Query?

Google’s Browseable Fact Repository – an Early Knowledge Graph

At Google, when you asked a question, you could sometimes get a response providing answers to questions such as:

“When was George W. Bush’s birth-date?”.

We knew that Google could answer some questions like that, even if it might have been challenging, but we didn’t have much of a clue regarding the existence of something like Google’s Knowledge Graph until 2011. The answers we would see would sometimes be regular snippets where a word such as “birth-date” might be bolded.

Our set of 17 “related patents” that I first saw mentioned in a patent I wrote about this past Tuesday, and which was granted on August 19th, appear to have been created by a team under Andrew Hogue who was tasked to create “an annotation framework” to index more objects and facts associated with them on the web, which he would discuss more deeply during the presentation The Structured Search Engine, which is highly recommended.

He also oversaw the acquisition of MetaWeb by Google and the introduction of 25 former Meta-Web staff members from the company into Google.

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Was Google Maps a Proof of Concept for Google’s Knowledge Base Efforts?

Not everything we read in a paper or a patent from a search engine is something that happens in real life, but sometimes it is. I like coming across a patent now and then that is dated but does a good job of describing something that happened as set out in that patent or paper. … Read more Was Google Maps a Proof of Concept for Google’s Knowledge Base Efforts?