Finally! That's all I can say re. Freebase :-) They've now plugged their database and their community driven data curation efforts into the burgeoning Linked Data Web.

Here are some examples of how we distill Entities (People, Places, Music, and other things) from Freebase (X)HTML pages (meaning: we don't have to start from RDF information resources as data sources for the eventual RDF Linked Data we generate):

Tip: Install our OpenLink Data Explorer extension for Firefox. Once installed, simply browse through Freebase, and whenever you encounter a page about something of interest, simply use the following sequences to distill (via the Page Description feature) the entities from the page you are reading:

  • CTRL-Click (Mac OS X)
  • Right+Click (Windows & Linux)