Microsoft is planning to "index every database in the world and expose it in a structured, strongly typed fashion" via the "Fact Index." Chris Anderson, a Senior Development Lead on the Live Search Developer team, is leading the Fact Index project. According to Anderson's LinkedIn profile, the Fact Index:
The fact index is Live Search's next generation platform for serving structured data. The goal of this team is simple: index every database in the world and expose it in a structured, strongly typed fashion. The first iteration of the fact index allows anyone with an XML feed (schema not required) and some sample queries to contribute to search relevance without even writing any code. Subsequent iterations will include querying across multiple data sources, aggregating, merging, and deduping data from multiple providers, and a host of other hard information retrieval problems.
Anderson's LinkedIn profile still uses the "Live Search" terminology, rather than "Bing." His profile notes that he's been working on Fact Index since 2005… When asked a Microsoft spokesperson for more information on Fact Index and Anderson's work on it, it was told that the "Live Search" reference was nothing other than Anderson not updating his LinkedIn profile. The spokesperson didn't comment at all about Fact Index.
Google has made no bones about its not-so-modest intention to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."
[Via: All About Microsoft]