I am so excited about this NYT project -- just the kind of thing needed to start moving the semantic web forward ... By the way, DBPedia is an attempt to take Wikipedia data and semanticize it... I am kind of in love with linked in data at the moment.
"Over the last several months we have manually mapped more than 5,000 person name subject headings onto Freebase and DBPedia. And today we are pleased to announce the launch of http://data.nytimes.com and the release of these 5,000 person name subject headings as Linked Open Data. "
... we plan to expand http://data.nytimes.com to include each of the nearly 30,000 subject headings we use to power Times Topics pages, a collection that includes locations, organizations and descriptors in addition to person names.
When we first announced this initiative, we asked for participation from the global semantic technology community. We have heard from a diverse community of experts, and their advice, guidance and feedback have proved invaluable. To further encourage community participation, we have created The New York Times Linked Open Data group and urge all interested folks to sign up.