ReadWriteWeb has published a very interesting story of a project presented at last week’s Strata conference aiming to reconstruct linked data based on public data sources like Flickr and OpenStreetMap using a somehow classical”fuzzy matching” approach.
build a detailed database of information about places in Afghanistan, using only public sources on the Web. The goal is to describe in detail the towns and cities including everything from names, locations and populations, as well as lists and coordinates for schools, mosques, banks and hotels.
My gut feeling is that mixing in some graph database would make this problem not necessarily easier to address, but it would bring in a different angle to tackle it. Fuzzy matching is a search-based approach with an inductive flavor, while using a graph databases could bring in a deductive approach.