If you are at SXSW this year, be sure to attend the panel discussion on “Creating an Internet of Entities“. Factual’s own Tyler Bell will be joined by Drew Vogel (Sunlight Foundation), George Oates (Internet Archive), and Pete Warden (Jetpak Inc) in a discussion on how they are all each working to create an Internet where real world entities can be referenced unambiguously. The panel is on Tuesday 3/13 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Sheraton Austin in Creekside I and II.  Full description:

The Internet today consists of a morass of partial and redundant content: the ~17m businesses and POI in the US, for example, are duplicated over 1.2 billion website across over 5 million domains. This tangle of duplicate, fragmentary, and often incorrect information ensures that unequivocally identifying a person, place or thing on the Internet will always be a challenge. The members of this panel are working to fix this, and will discuss their projects in the Library, Government, and Big Data sectors to create an Internet where real-world people, places, and things can be referenced unambiguously. It focuses on pragmatic, real-world examples: the panelists from Factual, the Sunlight Foundation, Jetpac, and the Internet Archive each highlight their specific experiences in creating platforms and apps that identify and disambiguate individual entities across applications and verticals, and describe both the pitfalls and benefits of working towards an Internet of Entities.