by Eric Franzon
This week marked the public launch of seevl.fm.
SemanticWeb.com has tracked seevl’s development through various incarnations, including a YouTube plugin and as a service for users of Deezer (available as a Deezer app). This week’s development, however, sees the service emerge as a stand-alone, cross-browser, cross-platform, mobile-ready service; a service that is free and allows for unlimited search and discovery. So, what can one do with seevl?
Following the death of Lou Reed this week, I (not surprisingly) saw mentions of the artist skyrocket across my social networks. People were sharing memories and seeking information — album and song titles, lyrics, biographies, who influenced Reed, who Reed influenced, and a lot of people simply wanted to listen to Reed’s music. A quick look at the seevl.fm listing for Lou Reed shows a wealth of information including a music player pre-populated with some of the artist’s greatest hits.
By using Semantic Web standards such as RDF, RDFS, and JSON-LD, seevl.fm weaves together data from multiple sources around the web and delivers them in a UI that allows users to “follow their noses” through to the data they want to see. As seevl founder and CEO, Alexandre Passant put it when we spoke to him, “With this new product range (both seevl.fm and our Deezer app), our goal is to provide a seamless and immersive discovery experience to music fans. While existing platforms have done lots to provide huge music catalogs, discovery has been impersonal and opaque for too long, and we want to fix this.”
The data seevl utilizes come from YouTube, Musicbrainz, Freebase, DBPedia, Google Plus, and Facebook, and other sources. Passant said, “Through our technology stack, we want to showcase what a Web of Data can ultimately offer to consumers and businesses, through the power of smart data and knowledge graphs. And, in our case, through our own music-knowledge graph powered by the Open Web. ”