Google Is Shutting Down Its Freebase Knowledge Base
Google announced Tuesday that the company is shutting down Freebase, the crowdsourced knowledge base it acquired in 2010 when it bought Metaweb. Freebase is a popular source of information about topics – more than 46 million of them – that can be searched, queried like a database and used to provide information to applications.
According to the Google+ post announcing Freebase’s fate, the project’s information will begin being exported to the Wikidata project by the end of March, and Freebase will be retired by June 30, 2015. Information from Freebase helped feed Google’s fast-growing Knowledge Graph, and Freebase developer APIs will be replaced by a set of Knowledge Graph-powered ones.