How Google is Using MusicBrainz

MusicBrainz, one of the earliest available LinkedOpenData sets recently discovered that Google uses MusicBrainz data in some of its searches. The article explains, “Earlier this week I met with Shawn Simister, who works on Google’s Freebase project (former from MetaWeb) to touch base about how MusicBrainz is being utilized inside of Google. MusicBrainz represents a large chunk of the music data in Freebase and in turn the Freebase data is used as one of the sources of data for Google’s search.”

Simister added, “You can actually see a couple areas where we’re using the Freebase music data publicly. First, in the structured refinements in search. If you search for ‘lady gaga albums’ and scroll to the bottom to see ‘Album searches for Lady Gaga’. Also you can see videos clustered by topic in YouTube Topics and many of the topics are music-related… I think it’s important that people don’t mistake this as a one-to-one relationship between Musicbrainz data and Google results because there are quite a few steps in between but there’s definitely a strong connection there and we really appreciate everything that the Musicbrainz community is doing and hope that Musicbrainz community continues to grow.”

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