Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) October 22, 2005
Tusonic Inc. introduces new functionality in the Tusonic personalization and community platform to expose Wikipedia's vast archive of music information for use in commercial music services. This allows music services to fully integrate over 15,000 community-authored and edited Wikipedia articles about music artists directly into their user experience.
“The Wikipedia is an incredible thing,” according to Tusonic Vice President of Business Development Brett Crossley, “with over 400,000 community members actively creating and editing articles on music, it can really enhance the experience of any music service”.
Wikipedia is authored and edited by a large volunteer community of people with an interest in a specific subject. Music articles on Wikipedia contain artist biographies, histories, discographies, and other interesting information that rivals any commercial source of music data
Wikipedia is a vast resource of comprehensive information, but it is very difficult to leverage due to its unstructured nature. “The Semantic Web is not quite here today, at least in the case of Wikipedia.” says Jeff Rayfield, Tusonic founder and President, “We do the heavy lifting to turn Wikipedia into a Web 2.0 resource so that you don't have to.” The Tusonic platform allows a music service to fully and easily integrate these Wikipedia music articles. First by indexing the articles by artist, next by breaking down the content into its constituent parts, and then by linking to other relevant content that was also provided by the Tusonic platform. The effect of this is to allow the full Wikipedia information to be contained wholly within a music service.
Additionally Tusonic goes to great lengths to ensure that the ensuing product meets the Wikipedia licensing requirements for commercial use. “Tusonic customers can avoid the legal pitfalls associated with community licensed content.” says Jeff Rayfield, Tusonic founder and President. “We take the work and uncertainty out of this and easily expose this excellent information to music services to create a better music experience”.
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