OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire today announced the launch of an interactive website that allows citizens to share, comment and vote on budget ideas. The most highly rated ideas by viewers will rise to the top of the list and be considered by budget writers.
Google on Friday announced that it acquired Metaweb, a company founded in 2005 that has assembled a database of all sorts of things in the world, their properties, and their relationships.
Metaweb has some affinities with Google—facing the challenge that, for example, people can use dozens of different terms to describe the same entity or that the same name can refer to different entities. Metaweb’s database, open to contributions by others through a mechanism called Freebase, keeps track of the properties of 12 million such entities.
Google can handle a lot of search queries, but Metaweb’s information will enable it to handle more, Jack Menzel, a Google director of product management, said in a blog post.
What’s the best way to pay for the Seattle Public Library? A Seattle City Council committee will study a slew of funding options that could guarantee a steady income source for the financially–strapped institution. KUOW’s Marcie Sillman reports.